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Signs of the Times Update: October 27, 2021

October 27, 2021

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1Thessalonians 5:15-18)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Nearly half of Americans watched online church services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including many who normally do not attend in-person services, according to a new Lifeway Research survey. The poll found that 45 percent of Americans say they watched an online church service during the pandemic. The number includes 30 percent who normally attend church in-person and 15 percent who typically do not attend church.

There is currently a major surge in conservative Christian schooling, driven nationwide by a combination of pandemic frustrations and rising parental anxieties around how schools handle education on issues including race and the rights of transgender students. “This is a once-in-100-year moment for the growth of Christian education,” said E. Ray Moore, founder of the conservative Christian Education Initiative. In the 2019-20 school year, 3.5 million of the 54 million American schoolchildren attended religious schools, but that number is growing rapidly. The median member of schools in the Association of Christian Schools International, one of the country’s largest networks of evangelical schools, grew its K-12 enrollment by 12 percent between 2019-20 and 2020-21. The Association of Classical Christian Schools, another conservative network, expanded to educating about 59,200 students this year from an estimated 50,500 in the 2018-19 school year. (Catholic schools, by contrast, are continuing a long trend of decline.)

A review conducted by the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, of 34 four-year colleges that are charter members of a new conservative association of Christian colleges shows total enrollment at those schools up nearly 8% when comparing fall enrollment in 2020 with fall enrollment in 2010. That growth occurred while similar small, non-profit colleges experienced decreased enrollment. According to a Free Press review of federal data, total enrollment at 950 nonprofit four-year colleges across the country, those under 5,000 students, fell by about 10% from 2010 to 2020.

Inspired by the Whatcom Story (a prayer canopy “strategy” birthed in Whatcom County, WA), Susan Moore embarked on a mission to bring 24-7 prayer coverage to Brazoria County in Texas — a vision birthed in a pivotal prayer meeting with 80 fellow intercessors in 2016. Today, this “dream” has grown to a prayer movement that involves 40 churches, 11 towns and at times 900 people praying “the same effective prayer” in unity, monthly for their community. As “1 Church/1 Day” prayer canopy exploded in Brazoria County, fellow-intercessor Rosamond Panzarella told the Lord she would partner with Susan if asked. Fifteen minutes later the phone rang. Today, this powerful duo, along with a team of eight strategic community leaders, builds the platform for God to move in their local community. Every two months, a six-page prayer guide is purposefully crafted for the intercessors in their county. They scour their local news, solicit local, strategic team leaders (in the seven spheres of influence — government, media, arts and entertainment, business, education, religion and family) on their specific needs and then develop key prayer points.

Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen has relented in response to backlash over a controversial proposal by Democrats that would have allowed the IRS to gain information from any American bank account with more than $600 of activity in a year. The measure initially came to light as a part of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Yellen, the former Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve who took control of the Treasury in January, said the measure is designed to target wealthy Americans who hide income from the IRS. Because of the measure, Yellen said the IRS will be able to collect more taxes from the wealthy and close the “tax gap.” Now, Yellen has somewhat changed course, supporting a raise in the reporting threshold from $600 to $10,000.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted, perhaps inadvertently, that the Biden administration, “wants to make fundamental change in our economy and he feels coming out of the Pandemic is exactly the time to do that.” This is right in line with the globalist plan now referred to as The Great Rest which is the name adopted at the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), held in June 2020 with the theme of rebuilding society and the economy in a sustainable way following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Great Reset is the new Agenda 21 and the target year is now 2030 for full implementation.

Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman warned Tuesday that high energy prices will likely set off social unrest around the world. “We’re going to end up with a real shortage of energy. And when you have a shortage, it’s going to cost more. And it’s probably going to cost a lot more,” he said. U.S. oil prices climbed above $85 a barrel on Monday for the first time in seven years. Gas prices continue to creep higher, nearing $3.40 a gallon nationally, according to AAA. Natural gas prices have likewise skyrocketed, especially in Europe and Asia, prompting the shutdown of factories.

  • This energy crisis will increase the impetus to establish worldwide controls over the distribution of limited energy supplies.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain), and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

The massive $3.5 trillion bill being pushed by the Democrats is so huge that not many members of Congress have actually read all of it, and its promoters want it that way so that they can sneak in as many socialistic measures as possible. However, The Republican Study Committee has read it all and made a list of some of the more horrific features that you can read here. Among the worst provisions, the Green New Deal will be promoted within public schools and universities as well as the formation of climate police and does not include the Hyde Amendment which prevents the government from forcing taxpayers to pay for abortion.

  • President Biden told Democrats Tuesday that a scaled-back package of up to $1.9 trillion should be new target of budget talks. Centrists and progressives are trying to narrow differences as they race to finish a deal, sources involved in talks said, and negotiators have begun scaling back the initial $3.5 trillion plan. They are still working to expand Medicare, address climate change and offer universal prekindergarten, but some housing and paid leave pieces might be trimmed, among other things.

The federal government is aiming to fire thousands of U.S. Border Patrol agents because they have not taken the experimental COVID-19 vaccines. This despite the fact the nation is facing what essentially is an invasion of illegal aliens. One America News is reporting that the agency “is looking to enforce Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate by the end of November.” That would be termination for any of the agents without the vaccine, or an approved religious or medical exemption. The border disaster already underway will become catastrophic.

Since September 1, 2021, ten hospitals have announced they are reducing services for staffing and financial reasons. Of those ten hospitals, five have announced they are ending services related to Obstetrics, Gynecology, and/or newborn infant care. Citied as one of the contributing factors for halting services to women and babies is staff resignations related to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The New Mexico lab that produced the world’s first nuclear bomb has lost 185 employees because of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that took effect on Oct. 22, according to a lawsuit (pdf) filed against the operator of the facility the same day. An additional 153 employees at the Los Alamos National Laboratory were placed on leave without pay or are using vacation pay because they obtained a religious exemption, the lawsuit says. Twenty-six employees were granted medical exemptions.

Polls by trucking publications Commercial Carrier Journal and OverDrive indicate that up to 30 percent of truckers will seriously consider quitting if required to vaccinate. If they quit, the consequences for America may be massive. U.S. Transport estimates that 70 percent of American freight goes by truck. With a shortage of truckers already causing severe supply-chain disruptions, any further decline could prove catastrophic.

In-N-Out Burger blasted the city of San Francisco’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements after the San Francisco Department of Health closed one of the popular California burger joint’s locations for serving customers who were not carrying the proper papers. In-N-Out Burger said “we refuse to become the vaccination police.” Northern California health officials shut down another In-N-Out Burger restaurant location Tuesday for allowing indoor dining without checking patrons for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Seattle’s police department has lost more than 300 officers over the past year, according to Mike Solan, the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild union. He told The Associated Press he anticipates another “mass exodus” of officers as the vaccine mandate comes into effect. Several members of the Washington State Patrol sued Gov. Jay Inslee, claiming he overstepped his legal authority and violated their rights with his vaccine mandate. A judge ruled Monday that Inslee acted legally. Oregon State Police troopers tried to temporarily pause the vaccine mandate that went into effect Monday night. A judge rejected that request on Oct. 7.

Nearly 1,900 Washington state workers were fired or quit over the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, officials said Tuesday. Before the mandate led to resignations and terminations, the state had approximately 63,291 workers. About 3 percent, or 1,887, left their jobs or were fired as of Oct. 18 due to the mandate. About 9 out of 10 of the remaining employees verified they’re vaccinated and 3 percent received an accommodation of some sort. The remaining 4.6 percent are in the process of retiring or being fired or are seeking an accommodation but have not received it yet.

  • At a time of worker shortages, the vaccine mandate is only worsening the severe economic conditions now underway.

Civic/Religious Freedom: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Attorney General Merrick Garland doubled down on his memo to Department of Justice employees addressing a federal response to violence and intimidation of school board officials — despite the National School Boards Association apologizing for the letter that inspired the memo. Garland claimed that the DOJ is not just concerned about school board officials, but a “rising tide” of violence against judges, prosecutors, election administrators, and others. The committee’s ranking member, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, claimed that the DOJ memo had a “poisonous, chilling effect” on speech.

  • Freedom of speech will become more and more restricted when it goes against progressive policy.

A surgeon in Minnesota lost his job this month just days after telling school officials at a public meeting that parents should have the right to decide whether their children wear masks to school or not. Dr. Jeffrey Horak appeared before the Fergus Falls school board on Oct. 11 and spoke out against a mask mandate that had gone into effect for students the day before. Nine days after that school board meeting, Horak said he was told his “views were no longer congruent with that of Lake Region Healthcare” and he was asked to either resign or be terminated. 

  • Political correctness, as defined by ‘woke’ progressives, is becoming a job requisite.

Throughout 2020, America’s doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals were celebrated as heroes – courageous frontline soldier-healers, selflessly battling a fearsome new pandemic called COVID-19. Just one year later, in 2021, tens of thousands of those same “frontline heroes” are now branded as rebels, conspiracy theorists and extremists. Their professional and personal lives have been turned upside down due to their decision not to be injected with the experimental COVID vaccines. They are forbidden from working in their field of hard-won expertise and forced to take any job they can get – or go on unemployment. Many are compelled to sell their homes, relocate their families entirely and try to start over. This is happening in massive numbers, right now, all over America.

Many other Americans who have not had the COVID-19 vaccinations by the thousands are also losing their jobs. In some locations, they can’t get on airlines, or enter public buildings, or go shopping as they want, or attend various public events. But the most aggressive actions against the “unvaxxed” are being taken by colleges and universities, including the threat from Colorado State University officials that unvaxxed students could be arrested for trespassing, even after paying tuition of $31,712 a year for out-of-state students.

  • As the end-times roll forward, personal freedoms will become more and more subservient to the so-called ‘greater good.’

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

NBA (National Basketball Association) player Brandon Goodwin recently admitted that he suffered from blood clots after getting the COVID-19 vaccine in a health crisis that ended his season and likely compromised his career. Adding insult to injury, the Atlanta Hawks player said that the NBA told him not to talk about his ordeal. Goodwin said the Hawks called him to tell him his season was over, and then he was told by the NBA not to discuss the matter. He said he was not allowed to continue playing because he needed to take blood thinners. Even when the situation improved and he asked to return to play, he was denied.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski attracted international attention earlier this year when he was arrested for hosting an “illegal” church service in Calgary, Canada. Now, the government is forcing him to echo the official government line on COVID-19 during his services as part of his probation. Pastor Pawlowski was given 18-months of probation and told to pay tens of thousands in penalties as part of the ruling handed down on civil contempt charges Friday. More ominously, he must speak exactly what “the majority of medical experts in Alberta” have to say about COVID protocol as part of his probation

  • Governments will use the pandemic as an excuse to gain control over what is preached from the pulpit. First up is Covid policy, next will come the LGBTQ+ agenda. Free speech will give way to authoritarianism.

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

Christians in the South Indian state of Kerala are under duress. Kerala is a place where anti-Christian pressure and violence occur regularly. Last weekend flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains claimed the lives of at least 28 people across the state. Swollen rivers also washed away the bridges connecting many small villages. Thousands of people have been evacuated. Despite all they have suffered, they keep trusting in the Lord. Church leaders in Kerala appealed to Barnabas Fund for help to bring practical aid to the flood victims. They are distributing food items, providing short-term rent payments for those who lost their homes, some household items and clothes to the many Christians affected by the floods.

The Supreme Court refused to block the new Texas ‘heartbeat’ abortion law in a 5-4 vote, but it did set an expedited date of November 1 for a full review.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

A Dutch psychologist says he helped more than 100 people who wished to die by equipping them with “suicide powder,” in an effort to bring attention to the Netherlands’ laws on assisted dying. Only a doctor is legally allowed to assist, and only if the person choosing to die is experiencing “unbearable suffering from which there is no prospect of improvement, or alternative remedy.” But Wim van Dijk, 78, believes the laws should be more liberal, the Guardian reports.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And  there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. is down by 23% over the past two weeks, while deaths are down by 17% and hospitalizations by 19%. The country is averaging about 75,000 new cases a day. That’s fewer than half as many as were being reported in early September, but about five times as many as were being identified in June, before the Delta variant had spread widely.

  • Only three states — Vermont, New Hampshire and Colorado — are averaging more cases now than they were two weeks ago. Also Case numbers have remained persistently high in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho which lead the country in recent cases per capita.
  • The situation in the South continues to improve. Florida, which averaged more than 20,000 cases a day during much of August, is now reporting around 2,200 new infections daily and has one of the lowest per capita rates in the nation.

Even months after beating COVID-19, many people still suffer memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, and other symptoms of “brain fog,” according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. Their study found that such symptoms were prevalent seven months after a COVID diagnosis — in both patients who’d been severely ill and hospitalized, and in those who’d managed a mild case at home.

CDC Dir. Rochelle Walensky announced yesterday that they are looking to “update” the definition of what it means to be “fully vaccinated.” This follows a Biden administration ongoing trend of making COVID-19 mitigation a continually moving target while continuing to promise a return to normalcy.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research in China that created a more potent form of a bat coronavirus, according to newly disclosed documents. An experiment conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, situated near where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, compared mice infected with the original bat coronavirus to mice infected with a modified strain created by researchers, according to the documents. The mice infected with the modified version “became sicker than those infected” with the original version, Lawrence Tabak, the principal deputy director at the NIH, told lawmakers in letters on Oct. 20. The “limited experiment” was aimed at seeing if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model,” Tabak wrote, adding that the “unexpected result” was not “something that the researchers set out to do.” Whether intended or not, the research fits the definition of gain-of-function, some experts say. “The genetic manipulation of both MERS and the SARS conducted in Wuhan clearly constituted gain-of-function experiments,” Jonathan Latham, executive director of The Bioscience Research Project, told The Epoch Times in an email. “Further, it is absurd of NIH to describe the enhanced viral pathogenicity that was observed in the experiments they funded as ‘unexpected’ when clearly these experiments were expressly designed to detect increased pathogenicity.”

The Food and Drug Administration has joined media in mocking users of Ivermectin, but the antiviral drug is actually featured on the Government’s National Institutes of Health website as a treatment for COVID-19. In fact, ivermectin is the second drug listed — under the highly touted, expensive COVID-19 drug Remdesivir which has many side effects, remdesivir. Ivermectin has not been approved as a COVID-19 treatment. Ivermectin has been shown to be effective in an least 65 controlled studies and 32 randomized controlled trials as a preventative and early- and late-stage treatment. NIH points out on its “antiviral agents” page that among the serious side effects seen in patients who take Remdesivir are severe renal failure and liver damage. Ivermectin, on the other hand, is “generally well tolerated.”

The state attorney general in Nebraska has issued an opinion that physicians can prescribe Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin as treatments for COVID-19 without violating any of the state’s laws or regulations. “Based on the available data, we do not find clear and convincing evidence that a physician who first obtains informed consent and then utilizes Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 violates the UCA,” he wrote, referring to the state’s Uniform Credentialing Act.

International

Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% higher than a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday. Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied the efforts. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or some 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated.

  • Moscow will impose a 10-day lockdown from next week in an effort to curb soaring Covid-19 cases, the city’s mayor has said, as Russia endures its worst-ever phase of the pandemic.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes.

As the federal and local governments double down on vaccine mandates, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health offers the latest evidence that the immunity acquired by COVID-19 infection is superior to the immunity from vaccination. Another 91 studies with the same conclusion has been compiled by Dr. Paul Elias Alexander and several other prominent colleagues. Dr. Alexander is a former assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in evidence-based medicine and research methods; a former adviser to the World Health Organization and a former senior adviser for COVID pandemic policy at Health and Human Services.

  • “We should not force COVID vaccines on anyone when the evidence shows that naturally acquired immunity is equal to or more robust and superior to existing vaccines. Instead, we should respect the right of the bodily integrity of individuals to decide for themselves,” Dr. Alexander wrote for the Brownstone Institute.

Not only are people vaccinated against COVID-19 less likely to die of that disease, they’re also less likely to die from any cause, a new study shows. Researchers compared 6.4 million people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to 4.6 million people who received flu shots in recent years but weren’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Compared to unvaccinated people, those who had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were 34% as likely to die of non-COVID-19 causes over the following three months, and those who had two doses of Moderna vaccine were 31% as likely, while those who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine were 54% as likely to die, according to the findings published Oct. 22 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

  • Promising new research finds that people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to spread the virus even if they become infected. Evidence suggests that COVID-19 vaccines render the virus less transmissible and infectious by enveloping the pathogen with antibodies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in updated COVID-19 guidelines this week that some immunocompromised people may need a fourth dose of the vaccine. Those who have received two doses of an mRNA vaccine and are moderately or severely immunocompromised, with more than 28 days having passed since the second dose, should receive an additional mRNA dose immediately followed around six months later by a single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, the CDC says.

On Wednesday the FDA authorized Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots, paving the way for millions more Americans to get added protection. The Food and Drug Administration also authorized people getting a booster shot different from their original dose of the vaccine. The CDC then accepted these recommendations on Thursday and approved the boosters for immediate use. The green light from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means that millions of Americans at risk of severe disease can choose any of the three boosters now authorized in the United States regardless of their original shot.

  • However, getting the same vaccine is still recommended.

On its website, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is urging employers not to report any side effects workers may experience from COVID-19 vaccines because it would discourage others from getting vaccinated. “OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination at least through May 2022.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old should be authorized, the FDA advisory committee said Tuesday. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to act in the coming days to authorize the doses, which would become available after action next week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The White House said that if the FDA and CDC authorize the vaccine for use on children, doses will be “quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country.” The Biden administration is counting on familiar caregivers, such as pediatricians, to administer the vaccine and estimates there are 28 million children ages 5-11.

  • Only a few countries have already authorized Covid-19 vaccines for kids. In September, Cuba became the first country in the world to vaccinate children as young as 2. Chile, China, El Salvador and the United Arab Emirates have also approved vaccines for younger children. Many European countries are still weighing up whether to vaccinate children under 12. Meanwhile, in much of the world, vaccinating under-12s is not an option because of a lack of doses.

Southwest Airlines’ CEO said the company will not fire employees who do not get the COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 9 following a Biden administration mandate that was announced last month for federal contractors. In a statement to news outlets Friday, the Dallas-based carrier confirmed to Fox News it does not want to “lose any employee” over President Joe Biden’s mandate, adding that firing a worker over the vaccine “makes no sense.”

A federal judge on Monday denied a last-minute bid by more than three dozen state employees, health care providers and school staff to temporarily stop the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon rejected their motion for a temporary restraining order, marking the first federal court Fruling after several state court decisions thwarting similar efforts to block Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s and the Oregon Health Authority’s power to require that certain workers to get the vaccines or risk losing their jobs

A new U.S. Navy order released this week says all active-duty Navy personnel who don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine will be discharged—with possible financial repercussions as well. The order applies to any sailor that is not fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by Nov. 28 and has not received a religious or medical exemption or has an application for an exemption pending. The Navy also said that they “may seek recoupment of applicable bonuses, special and incentive pays, and the cost of training and education for service members refusing the vaccine.”

Southwest Airlines told its employees that it will delay a plan to place workers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 on unpaid leave if they haven’t yet obtained a medical or religious exemption. “If an accommodation has not been reviewed or approved by December 8, the Employee will continue to work, while following all COVID mask and distancing guidelines applicable to their position, until the accommodation has been processed,” said Southwest in a statement.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

A legally-armed bystander is being heralded as a hero after he helped thwart a mall shooting in Pennsylvania. ”He is a hero,” Hana Ali, a witness of the incident at the Park City Center Mall in Lancaster, told WGAL. The shooting unfolded Sunday at the Lancaster mall when a 16-year-old suspect reportedly got into a fight with another person and pulled a gun. The teen filed several shots, while multiple people struggled over getting the gun, police said.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

A man was arrested after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a group of people protesting against vaccine mandates in Southern California, officials said over the weekend. A witness stated a man disagreed with the protest, entered his vehicle and intentionally drove at the protesters. One woman in her 40s, who was not identified, was injured during the incident.

More than 150 families living in San Francisco have hired private security to patrol their streets amid brazen property crimes, with some saying they no longer feel safe in their own neighborhood. Patrol Special Officers are overseen by the police commission as they work in their capacity as private security, CBS SF reported. Car burglaries are the biggest problem for the area, while petty theft and burglaries are also common. 

Seventeen American missionaries and family members were kidnapped in Haiti over the past weekend. An audio recording described as a “prayer alert” from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries and obtained by The Washington Post stated that a group of 17 “men, women and children” associated with the group were being held by an armed gang. The incident is the latest in a wave of kidnappings to grip the Caribbean nation. On Tuesday, the gang demanded a ransom of $1 million per hostage. The FBI said they will continue to work with the State Department Tuesday on efforts to release hostages.

A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something.” Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said, “There was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should have intervened; somebody should have done something,” Bernhardt said. “It speaks to where we are in society. I mean, who would allow something like that to take place? So it’s troubling.”

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

The USA Today examined the Facebook Papers (a trove of internal Facebook documents released by a whistleblower) and found that less than 5% of hate speech is deleted. In addition, the Wall Street Journal, found that Facebook employees have consistently tried to suppress or de-platform conservative posts. The WSJ allegedly saw internal discussions on a message board that the employees used. Also, insiders say Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg chose growth over safety, reports the Washington Post. Some of the Facebook CEO’s previously unreported decisions demonstrate his relentless determination to ensure the company’s dominance, even at the expense of his stated values, according to interviews with more than a dozen former employees, the Post reveals. In addition, Facebook placed more value on posts that made people angry than content they ‘liked,’ spreading outrage, the Post reports. For three years, Facebook systematically amped up some of the worst content on its platform, making it more prominent in users’ feeds and spreading it to a much wider audience.

Facebook will pay more than $14 million in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over its discrimination against American workers. The agreement came after the Justice Department charged Facebook in December with failing to properly advertise at least 2,600 jobs and consider applications from U.S. citizens before it offered the spots to foreigners whom the company was sponsoring for green cards granting permanent residency in 2018 and 2019.

  • Big Tech operates as if rules and laws don’t apply to them.

Health: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

Flu activity in the United States is 23% higher so far this season than in 2020, sales of flu medications at Walgreens suggest. The significant increase shown by the company’s analysis of its own data reflects the historically low levels of flu last year as people stayed home, wore masks and got a record number of flu shots during the COVID-19 pandemic. Las Vegas and Nevada led the list of cities and states for flu activity during the week of Oct. 3, according to an online “Flu Index” map maintained by Walgreens

In the United States, a sharp rise in the number of school children identifying as transgender has alarmed parents. A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics released in May 2020 showed nearly 10 percent of high school students in just one school district identified as gender-diverse. This is far higher than past estimates, such as a 2017 government survey of U.S. high school students, in which only 1.8 percent said they identified as transgender. While some studies suggest the higher rate of suicide and attempted suicide among transgender children is related to non-affirmation, other research shows that the higher rate of suicide and attempted suicide among adolescents with gender dysphoria is more related to their known history of other psychiatric diagnoses and self-reported emotional and behavioral problems. The Trevor Project study shows that a significant number of transgender youth admit to heavy use of drugs and alcohol.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

In a violent confrontation that went underreported by the mainstream media, police and climate activists clashed Thursday 10/14 during protests at the Interior Department, with security personnel sustaining “multiple injuries” and one officer being taken to a hospital, agency spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said. Climate demonstrators were attempting to occupy the Interior Department, with dozens entering the Stewart Lee Udall Main Interior Building on C Street NW. Those who remained outside clashed with police as they tried to keep the one unlocked door open. At times, protesters attempted to push past the police line. The protesters were here for People vs. Fossil Fuels, five days of demonstrations by a coalition of groups known as Build Back Fossil Free that has included Indigenous leaders from across the country. The coalition’s name is a nod to President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. People vs. Fossil Fuels said in a statement that 55 people were arrested during the protest.

  • The mainstream media only report right-wing ‘violent’ protests. Anything left-wing they ignore or call ‘peaceful’

Thousands of California parents, students, and teachers on Monday participated in a statewide walkout to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all students in both public and private schools. Crowds of Californians opposed to the measures swarmed the steps of the California Capitol, carrying signs that read “My body, my choice,” and “My children won’t be a science experiment to make you feel safe.” Many parents statewide pulled their children from school to participate in the rallies, in hopes their absences from class would send a message to state officials.

New York City municipal employees marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Monday against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The protest, which was set to end in front of City Hall on the Manhattan side of the bridge, is billed as an anti-mandate protest on behalf of nearly 50,000 NYC employees who have yet to be vaccinated with a deadline just days away. Traffic was shut down on the bridge until the protesters had moved on.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

A male “transgender” teen has been convicted of sexually assaulting a girl in the girls’ restroom at a school in Loudoun County, Virginia, in a battle that has implicated the school board and superintendent in a coverup to promote their progressive agenda for students. The teen, whose name was not released, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a ninth-grade girl in the women’s restroom at Stone Bridge High School. The assault was by a male wearing a skirt, and the report revealed a juvenile court judge found evidence enough to convict, but the sentencing was postponed until the convict, now 15, is tried for a second assault.

  • Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, demanded resignations at Tuesday’s board meeting from Superintendent Scott Ziegler and the entire school board over accusations it covered up the sexual assault report.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the state’s Save Women’s Sports bill into law to ensure that girls’ school sports competitions are reserved for females. This makes Texas the ninth state to pass a girls’ sports bill into law. Other states that have passed a #SaveGirlsSports bill include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, West Virginia. Some states include protections for college athletes as well.

The State Department on Wednesday issued the first U.S. passport with an “X” gender marker, granting a third option for American passport holders who do not identify as female or male. “The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity,” press secretary Ned Price said in a statement.

The Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) is suing the Biden administration over two mandates that force religious nonprofit and for-profit employers to fund “gender transition surgeries, procedures, counseling, and treatments.” Alliance Defending Freedom on Tuesday filed a motion asking a federal district court in Bozeman, Montana, to cease enforcement of the measures on behalf of the Christian employers group, an organization that provides support to Christian businesses and nonprofits, National Review reports. The lawsuit maintains that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is misinterpreting and improperly enforcing the definition of sex discrimination included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to force employers to provide gender transition medical coverage and procedures against their religious beliefs.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats’ latest voting rights bill. The vote Wednesday was 49 to 51; 60 votes were needed for the measure to advance. The new bill was written to satisfy concerns raised by Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), and was a scaled-down version of a proposal from Democrats that Republicans blocked earlier this year through a filibuster.

An interfaith assortment of faith leaders and actors were arrested outside the White House on Tuesday as they demanded in prayers and speeches that President Joe Biden and lawmakers in Congress do more to advocate for voting rights legislation.

Refugees:

Nearly 200 Americans left behind in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan following the August U.S. military withdrawal may still be trying to get out, the State Department said Friday, doubling its previous public count. Spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. airlifted out several dozen people in the past couple days, but even more people have come forward in recent weeks saying they also want to leave. A senior State Department official told a Senate panel Wednesday that all American citizens left in Afghanistan “will have an opportunity to depart in the next couple of weeks.”

Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte called for a halt to Afghan refugee resettlement in his state after an Afghan evacuee was charged with raping a woman. Zabihullah Mohmand, 19, followed the victim outside through the doors of the Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown Missoula last Sunday. Court documents say the victim called 911 at around 4:30 a.m. and reported that she had just been raped. Mohmand insisted that he and the victim had consensual sex.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

Jack Markell, the point person resettling 55,600 Afghan refugees from U.S. military bases into communities across the country, told CNN Saturday that he is enlisting the help of veterans that have ties to the refugees to get them into permanent homes. Markell said the Biden Administration is trying to “increase options” for the thousands of Afghan refugees that fled the war-torn nation during the chaotic U.S. military withdrawal in August. Those evacuated, including Afghans who helped the United States during the two-decade war, have been staying on U.S. military bases, but now need to find a permanent home.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Border Patrol agents apprehended a total of 1,666,167 illegal immigrants along the southwest border in fiscal 2021—breaking all records since 1925 when the agency was formed. An additional 294,352 were stopped after trying to enter at a port of entry without legal papers, bringing the total to almost 2 million (1,956,519) for fiscal 2021, according to new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics.

U.S.-Mexico border arrests reached the highest levels since 1986, with more than 1.7 million migrants detained in the 2021 fiscal year. Mexico was the single largest source of illegal migration with the Border Patrol arresting more than 608,000 Mexican nationals, according to unpublished U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by The Washington Post. That leaves the Biden administration in an awkward place, as it increasingly relies on Mexico to tighten enforcement and block “caravan” groups heading north.

  • 191,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended after crossing the border in September. This is the highest number of border crossings ever in the month of September, beating the previous September record by almost 100,000. October could be worse.  Border Patrol officials are warning that as many as 400,000 illegal immigrants may cross the southern border this month. 60,000 are already at gathering at the border, just waiting. 

An estimated 100,000 migrants are heading towards the U.S. from Central America, and 52 among them were stopped in Panama because of ties to al-Qaida, a Texas congressman warned. Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales said in an interview Monday he was informed by Panama Foreign Minister Erica Mouynes that the record-breaking number of Haitian immigrants that entered the U.S. last month isn’t slowing down. Most of the Haitians who have come to the U.S. border have been living in Chile and Brazil since the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

  • U.S. officials during this fiscal year — from last October through August — have apprehended 1,541,651 migrants at the southwest border. In the entirety of 2020, agents apprehended only 458,088.

Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden’s administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The New York Post reported. The charter flights originate in Texas, where the ongoing border crisis has overwhelmed local immigration officials, and have been underway since at least August, according to sources familiar with the matter. A Post analysis of online flight-tracking data suggests that around 2,000 migrants (mostly minors) nabbed after sneaking into the U.S. from Mexico have arrived at the airport outside White Plains on 21 flights since Aug. 8. The clandestine nature of the operation raises questions about how the White House is dealing with surge in unaccompanied minors. The most recent figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that just during July and August,  37,805 unaccompanied minors were caught entering the U.S. from Mexico — sometimes after being abandoned  by professional  smugglers known as “coyotes.” The Post reports that similar flights have also been seen in Jacksonville, Florida.

Annual immigration arrests inside the U.S. have fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade, data obtained by the Washington Post shows. Officers working for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations made about 72,000 administrative arrests during the fiscal year that ended in September, down from 104,000 during fiscal 2020 and an average of 148,000 annually from 2017 through 2019. While ICE officials say the Biden administration is targeting more serious criminals, immigration hardliners are decrying a “collapse” in enforcement since President Donald Trump left office.

Dozens of immigration activists walked out on top Biden officials during a virtual meeting, protesting the administration’s plans to reinstate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy. “I cannot stand one more meeting of them pretending,” Ariana Saludares, an activist from the New Mexico-based Colores United, who attended the Saturday meeting, told Politico. “They give us accolades on the outside, but on the inside, we’re having to take out the metaphoric knives from our back.” The Department of Homeland Security said it is ready to reinstate the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy by mid-November following a court order upheld by the Supreme Court.

  • The Biden administration has alienated both progressives and moderates within their own party in virtually every policy arena. What a mess. Crisis after crisis and no coherent strategy.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Professors David Blanchflower, of Dartmouth, and Alex Bryson, of University College London, say that every economic recession since the 1980s has been foreshadowed by 10-point drops in consumer indices from the Conference Board and University of Michigan. The Conference Board has measured a 25.3-point drop in 2021, while UM has recorded an 18.4-point slump. This compares to a 19-point and a 21-point dip for the indices respectively ahead of the 2008 global financial crash.

  • It may be that his coming recession will lead to the severe economic depression in Revelation 6:5-6 above, where shortages lead to vastly inflated prices for basic commodities.

The Federal Reserve on Thursday said that businesses have reported COVID-19 vaccine mandates have hurt employment and are contributing to labor supply problems. The Fed’s so-called Beige Book noted that the U.S. economy has been “dampened by a low supply of workers,” partially due to vaccine mandates. “Transportation and technology firms saw particularly low labor supply, while many retail, hospitality, and manufacturing firms cut hours or production because they did not have enough workers,” its report summary said. “Firms reported high turnover, as workers left for other jobs or retired. Child-care issues and vaccine mandates were widely cited as contributing to the problem, along with COVID-related absences.”

President Joe Biden’s vaccine order will force employers to lay off thousands of workers, making the supply-chain crisis much worse, a major business group warned the White House this week. The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, an influential trade group that represents an industry with nearly 6 million workers, is pleading with the administration to delay a December 8 deadline for employees of federal contractors to get vaccinated.

Procter & Gamble Co. said it will raise prices on a number of household staple goods as the cost for raw materials and freight has increased faster than it had anticipated. The company, which makes a range of products including Tide and Charmin, said it would begin to charge more for oral care, beauty, and razors. Earlier this year, P&G said it would charge more for toilet paper and diapers.

The United States’ largest container port now has a record backlog of ships and containers, according to Gene Seroka, the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “We have about two weeks’ worth of work sitting at anchor right now,” Seroka told CNN, adding that port workers are currently trying to prioritize the cargo that needs to move from the port as soon as possible. Some 200,000 shipping containers remain on ships off the coast, he added.

  • The amount of products that were out of stock online is up by 172% when compared with January 2020, according to Adobe Analytics.

The vast majority of businesses that temporarily closed during the COVID-10 pandemic have reopened, according to a new Yelp report. Eighty-five percent of the businesses that shuttered from March 2020 through the third quarter are up and running, Yelp said, citing data on enterprises listed on its popular customer review site.

  • But this means that 15% of those businesses have closed permanently.

Hertz, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early in the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday that it plans to buy 100,000 cars from Tesla by the end of 2022 in a pivot toward electric vehicles. It is among the largest electric vehicle orders ever placed, matching the 100,000 electric vans that Amazon has ordered from start-up Rivian. The deal is worth about $4.2 billion. Hertz plans to install EV charging stations at many of its U.S. locations.

General Motors plans to enable its dealers to install up to 40,000 electric-vehicle charging outlets in communities throughout the U.S. The move would equal a one-third increase in the number of publicly available charging ports in the U.S. There are currently some 120,000 outlets on more than 50,000 stations across the nation, according to the Department of Energy. GM said it is giving up to 10 chargers to each of its dealers “to deploy the chargers at key locations throughout their local communities.”

Costs to drive an EV compared with a gasoline car are detailed in a report Anderson Economic released Thursday called “Comparison: Real World Cost of Fueling EVs and ICE Vehicles.” The study found that, for now, EVs cost more to power than gasoline costs to fuel an internal combustion car that gets reasonable gas mileage. There are also significant time costs spent finding reliable public chargers – and even then a charger could take 30 minutes to go from 20% to an 80% charge.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. is “strongly opposed” to the expansion of Israeli settlements and condemned Israel for its “plan to advance thousands of units… many of them deep in the West Bank.” The Biden administration considers settlement expansion to be “completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and restore calm and damages the prospects for a two-state solution.”

Israel’s ability to defend itself from an Iranian nuclear threat has been given a $1.5 billion boost by the government. The funds will be split across two years, with $1 billion being made available in this financial year, and a further $500 million next year. New aircraft, intelligence gathering, satellites and dedicated armaments to counter the nuclear threat are all on the shopping list. Concerns are growing in Jerusalem that Israel may have to take unilateral action against Iran, following a breakdown in talks between the Islamic state and the international community aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions.

A coalition of longtime anti-Israel activists and groups is spearheading a “grassroots” campaign by Google and Amazon employees calling on the companies to cut business ties with Israel. On Oct. 12, a group of “anonymous Google and Amazon employees” published an open letter in the Guardian calling on their employers to pull out of a project with the Israeli government to develop a cloud data system—called Project Nimbus—and “cut all ties with the Israeli military.” The authors said they were withholding their identities “because we fear retaliation” and claimed “more than 90 workers at Google and more than 300 at Amazon” had signed on to the letter.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

As talks aimed at returning Iran to the 2015 nuclear agreement remain stalled and Tehran continues its unprecedented uranium enrichment, the Israeli Air Force has embarked on a highly specialized training program in preparation for a strike on the Islamic Republic. Because preparation for the mission will take months at a minimum, Israeli security officials are hoping that Iran’s nuclear development program will be curbed by international pressure or sanctions in the near future.

Israeli Air Force jets came under fire from Iranian anti-aircraft missile batteries operated by Syrian militias during a recent Israeli attack on Syria, according to a report published Monday. Iran has deployed advanced anti-aircraft missiles to assist the Syrians in defending themselves against Israeli attacks. Israel has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate an Iranian threat on its borders, and that the country’s military will do what is necessary to ensure such a threat is not established. Israel has also recently resumed training for an attack against Iran, if it becomes necessary. Meanwhile, the IDF continues to thwart the Iranian military presence in Syria and Lebanon.

Turkey’s national intelligence agency has allegedly exposed a network of 15 Mossad spies operating in the country, the Turkish daily Sabah newspaper reported Thursday. The report claimed that a 200-person team from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) had been tracking the group’s operations for a year before sharing information with police and carrying out the arrests in a secret operation earlier this month that covered four Turkish provinces. The network, which reportedly included operatives of Arab ethnicity and several Palestinians, “had been covertly carrying out activities against Israeli opponents” and “providing Mossad information.”

Iran’s president on Wednesday confirmed that a sweeping cyberattack had disrupted gas stations across the country. Long lines continued to form outside stations following the takedown, which disabled government-issued cards that many rely on to buy subsidized fuel. President Ebrahim Raisi said the incident showed the need for “readiness in the field of cyberwar.” The Iranian leader, who took office in August, did not blame any group or country in particular for the attack. However, his comments suggested that he believed anti-Iranian forces may have been behind the incident.

The secretary-general of Hezbollah in Lebanon threatened Monday that if the leader of a rival Christian party does not back off from a simmering confrontation with the Iran-backed terrorist organization, civil war could break out again. Speaking for the first time since seven Shiites were killed in a street battle in Beirut with followers of the Christian Lebanese Forces (LF) party last week, Hassan Nasrallah accused LF head Samir Geagea of having ulterior motives in lying about who instigated the deadly exchange of gunfire. Hezbollah claims that LF snipers on rooftops fired at Moslem protestors approaching a Christian neighborhood in Beirut, while the Christians say some in the crowd came armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades and started the fight.

  • All it will take is a spark to ignite the end-time Middle East war that will usher in the anti-Christ and the one-world government. Whether it’s Iran, Hezbollah, Syria or even Russia, it’s next on Yahweh Elohim’s end-time agenda.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

The Sudanese Ministry of Information and  Prime Minister Hamdok’s economic adviser said Monday that the PM has been arrested and whisked away in what CNN labels “events that [bear] the hallmarks of an apparent coup.” The ministry’s statement, per Al Jazeera: “After he refused to be a part of the coup, a force from the army detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and took him to an unidentified location.” Hamdok’s wife was also reportedly arrested. U.S. envoy Jeffrey Feltman notes the U.S. is “deeply alarmed” at this “utterly unacceptable” development if true, and that it puts aid from the U.S. at risk.

Three children were killed and one person was injured in Monday’s airstrikes in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region, the United Nations said Tuesday. A second airstrike in Mekelle town reportedly injured nine people and caused damage to houses and a nearby hotel. A spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia’s federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met Tuesday with Ukrainian leaders to strengthen ties with the country amid ongoing fighting between government forces and the Russia-backed separatists in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives. Mr. Austin met with Defense Minister Andriy Taran in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, to offer reassurance of U.S. support for the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and continue the implementation of a strategic defense framework that was signed at the end of August. “The United States calls on Russia to end its occupation of Crimea, to stop perpetuating the war in eastern Ukraine, to end its destabilizing activities in the Black Sea and along Ukraine’s border and to end its persistent cyberattacks and other malign activities against the United States and our allies and partners,” Mr. Austin said in a press conference following the meeting.

The Russian-based agency behind last year’s massive SolarWinds cyberattack against the Colonial Pipeline has targeted hundreds more companies and organizations in its latest wave of attacks on U.S.-based computer systems, Microsoft said in a blog post. Microsoft said it had notified 609 customers between July 1 and Oct. 19 that they had been attacked. Just a small percent of the latest attempts were successful. “This recent activity is another indicator that Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access to a variety of points in the technology supply chain and establish a mechanism for surveilling – now or in the future – targets of interest to the Russian government,” Microsoft wrote.

North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea in what South Korea’s military described as a weapon likely designed for submarine-based launches, marking the most significant demonstration of the North’s military might since President Biden took office. The launch came hours after the US reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. It underscored how the North continues to expand its military capabilities amid the pause in diplomacy.

A new investigative report by the Financial Times asserted that China launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, which circled the earth in a low orbit before cruising toward and narrowly missing a test target. The Chinese regime has officially denied the report’s findings, saying that the object in question was a spaceship. U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said that Washington is concerned about China’s possible deployment of hypersonic weaponry, and said the United States hasn’t developed a means of countering it. Hypersonic missiles are highly maneuverable and could  “glide” their way to a target after being brought to low orbit by a rocket booster, rendering them almost undetectable.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A magnitude-3.9 earthquake caused shaking in parts of Southern California early Sunday. The quake was centered near the southern LA County community of Maywood. Weak to moderate shaking was reported in the immediate area, the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley and other locations.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

New satellite technologies reveal that Russia has been undercounting its planet-warming methane leaks. Russia and its methane emissions are coming face-to-face with a new generation of satellites devoted to locating and measuring greenhouse gases. Such technologies are ushering in an era of increasing data transparency and shedding light on the gap between what scientists know is in the atmosphere and what is reported by companies and countries on the ground.

As America has largely transitioned away from coal-fired power, West Virginia has thrown its weight behind coal. The state is the second-largest coal producer in the country, and coal generates nearly 89% of its electricity compared to just 19% nationwide — a steep fall from 1990, when coal powered 52% of US electricity. But coal has become more expensive than renewables or natural gas, the prices of which have fallen rapidly, and in West Virginia, the ratepayers are footing the bill. With three of the state’s major coal-fired power plants in need of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of mandatory upgrades, costs for ratepayers will continue to go up. During the winter months in West Virginia, Felisha Chase says she pays more for her electricity than she does for her home mortgage.

  • In a blow to the climate movement, U.S. power companies are ramping up their coal consumption due to surging natural gas prices. U.S. coal-fired generation is expected to surge by 22% in 2021, the Energy Information Administration said Monday. That would mark the first annual increase in coal-fired electric power generation since 2014.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

A furious storm unleashed from a “bomb cyclone” over the Pacific Ocean slammed ashore Sunday in drought-plagued Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, blasting a wide swath of the West Coast with heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding and mudslides. Over 160,000 homes and businesses in California, more than 170,000 in Washington, and over 28,000 in Oregon were left without power on Sunday due to the extreme weather. Many roads were under two feet of water in San Rafael. Two people were killed near Seattle on Sunday when a tree fell on top of their car during a windstorm that brought gusts over 50 mph and knocked out power to thousands.

  • California’s Highway Patrol closed down State Route 70 due to mudslides and debris flows near the now-contained Caldor Fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles of the Sierra Nevada and burned hundreds of homes.
  • The weather brought the threat of potentially deadly landslides and flooding. The risk is particularly high in terrain left barren by wildfires, which is vulnerable to flooding and an especially dangerous and fast-moving type of landslide that scientists call “debris flows.” The weather is bringing relief amid a historic drought and tamping down the threat of fall wildfires. But it remains to be seen whether the region’s early wet season will be helpful or destructive.

More than 600,000 homes and businesses were without power across the northeast Wednesday as a wall of hurricane-force winds and heavy rains hammered the region. Massachusetts bore the brunt of the outages with over 500,000 losing power. Forecasters said the storm had undergone a period of rapid intensification known as  bombogenesis – when the central pressure of a storm drops by 0.71 of an inch of mercury or more over a 24-hour period to become a “bomb cyclone.” Two similar storms that formed in the Pacific Ocean within the last week were blamed for torrential rains, high winds and mudslides across much of California. Remnants of those storms touched off tornadoes and severe weather in Missouri and was fueling the East’s weather chaos. Severe thunderstorms rolled across the Plains on Tuesday evening, producing damaging winds and large hail. The Storm Prediction Center issued several severe thunderstorm and tornado watches from Texas to Kansas because of the threat. 

Prior to Sunday’s storm, his year has been one of the driest and hottest in California in records dating back to 1895. The entire state is now in a drought emergency. Farmers are being paid not to grow crops, reservoirs are going dry, salmon are dying and intense drought-fueled wildfires are destroying homes and land and lives in their path. “If we have another dry winter, things are going to start to get real hairy in some sectors,” Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist. Some small towns and farmers might not have water, and there’s already talk of mandatory restrictions on its use. Electricity generation from hydropower is expected to drop. More wildlife is likely to die. Wildfire season could get even more intense.

The first-ever National Intelligence Estimate on climate found that 11 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea and Haiti, are at particular risk from extreme weather and the challenges of coping with it.

Carved from an ancient land once known as Mesopotamia, Iraq is home to the so-called ‘cradle of civilization’ — the expanse between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where the first complex human communities emerged. But as climate change produces extreme warming and water grows scarcer around the Middle East, the land here is drying up. Temperatures in Iraq topped a record 125 degrees this summer with aid groups warning that drought was limiting access to food, water and electricity for 12 million people here and in neighboring Syria. The cradle of civilization is dying and droves of farmers have fled the region.

Signs of the Times Update: October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Pope Francis encouraged a group of medical professionals Thursday at the Vatican to keep working to protect all human life, including unborn babies from abortion “homicide.” Speaking to a group of pharmacists and other medical professionals gathered for an Italian medical conference, Pope Francis said, “I have been very clear — [abortion] is homicide and it is not licit to become complicit,” he said, according to the report.

Texas can continue banning enforcing its tough new abortion restriction after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s latest attempt to undo a law that has become the nation’s biggest curb to the practice of abortion in nearly 50 years.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday barring all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers. Abbott’s move sets him up for a clash with President Biden who last month called on employers nationwide to order their workers to be vaccinated or lose their jobs. Abbott is a Republican.

Students, coaches, and community members gathered across the globe for the 18th annual Fields of Faith, where Believers will gather on athletic fields to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The student-led event, which is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), took place on Wednesday, Oct. 13th. Jeff Martin, executive director of campus sports ministry for FCA, told CBN News that the objective is to encourage students to challenge their peers to pray, read their Bible, and commit their lives to Christ. “The Word of God changes the country,” Martin said.

New York must allow religious exemptions to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for medical workers, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. Northern District Justice David Hurd of Utica granted a preliminary injunction temporarily barring New York state and employers from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate against medical workers claiming a legitimate religious exemption. Many of the medical workers who had claimed religious exemptions had been placed on suspensions pending the outcome of the court battle. These workers, potentially numbering in the thousands, could now return to jobs as some hospitals and nursing homes face staffing shortages.

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered United Airlines not to place workers seeking an exemption to the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on unpaid leave. The temporary ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman so workers who filed for an exemption aren’t unduly harmed before he can hear oral arguments in the case.

A judge temporarily blocked an order on Wednesday that required California prison workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) has opposed vaccine mandates across the state. The union represents about 28,000 officers statewide.

A federal appellate court has ruled in favor of 16 college athletes who challenged Western Michigan University‘s coronavirus vaccine mandate. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit unanimously sided Thursday with the students, upholding a district court ruling enjoining school officials from forcing the athletes to get vaccinated.

A federal judge referred the Washington, DC, jail to the Department of Justice on Wednesday for potential civil rights violations after the jail failed to get treatment for a US Capitol rioter who needs surgery. Warden Wanda Patten and Department of Corrections Director Quincy Booth were also held in civil contempt for failing to turn over medical records for the defendant. “It is more than just inept and bureaucratic shuffling of papers,” said District Judge Royce Lamberth. “I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abridged. I don’t know if this is because he is a January 6 defendant or not.”

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

A British nurse, who was fired from a hospital for refusing to take off or conceal her cross necklace, has recently taken legal action against her former place of employment. Mary Onuoha, who had been working at Croydon University Hospital in Thornton Heath, England, since 2002. “My cross has been with me for 40 years. It is part of me and my faith, and it has never caused anyone any harm.” She also noted that, “At this hospital, there are members of staff who go to a mosque four times a day, and no one says anything to them, Hindus wear red bracelets on their wrists, and female Muslims wear hijabs. Yet my small cross around my neck was deemed so dangerous that I was no longer allowed to do my job.”

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And  there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

Scientists say that if you have natural immunity from a COVID-19 infection and have been fully vaccinated against the virus, there may be no need for a booster shot — yet. According to The Wall Street Journal, while millions of Americans who are elderly, or at risk, now qualify for the Pfizer vaccine booster shot, it may not be necessary. Research shows that the combination of immunity from the disease coupled with a full course of vaccine, called hybrid immunity, offers adequate protection, even against variants.

Throughout August, the risk of dying from Covid-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States, according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unvaccinated adults faced a six times higher risk of testing positive for Covid-19 and the risk of being hospitalized was nearly 19 times higher for unvaccinated adults than fully vaccinated adults.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a home test for COVID-19 that doesn’t require repeated testing like many others. ACON Laboratories Flowflex COVID-19 Home Test was granted an emergency use authorization Monday by the FDA. The ACON over-the-counter antigen tests can be used at home without a prescription. However, the FDA warned that while these at-home diagnostic testing kits are important, they do result in more false-positive and false-negative tests than the more sensitive and accurate PCR tests.

The UK drugmaker AstraZeneca announced Monday that its AZD7442 antibody treatment, meant to be injected into patients showing symptoms of COVID, led to a “statistically significant reduction in severe COVID-19 or death,” compared to mildly to moderately ill patients who took a placebo, according to a company release. The findings put AstraZeneca further “on track to potentially offer an alternative to vaccines for people with weakened immune systems.”

Your chances of getting COVID-19 from surfaces at the grocery store are minimal, a Canadian study reassures. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario collected 957 samples at four grocery stores over a month. None tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, the study found. In other words, high-touch surfaces like the handle of your shopping cart or the freezer door should be safe to touch in stores that follow good cleaning protocols.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes.

Was President Biden’s announcement Sept. 9th of a vaccine mandate for private companies employing 100 or more people a bluff to persuade more Americans to be vaccinated? One month later, no rule has been issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA. The nearly two dozen Republican attorneys general who have threatened to sue on constitutional grounds have not yet filed, because there is no mandate for them to bring to court. That might be part of the plan.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday refused to issue an emergency injunction to stop Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The three-judge panel of the Boston-based court issued a one-sentence statement saying the request was denied without an explanation, The Bangor Daily News reported. A final ruling will likely be issued next week, according to Liberty Counsel, an organization representing more than 2,000 health care workers across the state in the lawsuit.

The head of Chicago’s police union says members should defy the city’s COVID vaccine requirements—and he predicts that the force will be at “50% or less” by the weekend. Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara urged officers not to comply with an order to report their vaccination status by Friday. After Friday, unvaccinated city workers will have to either submit to semiweekly COVID testing or be placed on unpaid leave. Catanzara said officers should cite “conscientious objection” to the vaccine mandate and go to work Friday with the expectation that they will be sent home.

Aside from being put on unpaid leave, New York City teachers who’ve declined to get the COVID-19 vaccine won’t be allowed to keep their health benefits for another year unless they give up their right to sue the city over its vaccine mandate.

Multiple hospital systems are denying organ transplants to patients who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 “in almost all situations,” citing studies that show unvaccinated patients have a significantly higher risk for severe illness and death if they get COVID-19.

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted unanimously on Oct. 14 to recommend that the agency allow millions of Americans to get a booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. he 19–0 vote came after hours of discussions and presentations in an all-virtual meeting. The FDA can overrule the panel’s recommendations but rarely does so. If the recommendation is approved, anyone aged 65 and older will be able to get a Moderna booster shot if they’ve received the primary two doses of the Moderna series. People between the ages of 18 and 64 who are deemed “at high risk of severe COVID-19” or whose “frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19” will also have access to the booster shot.

Every adult 18 and older in the United States who received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get a booster dose if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepts a recommendation from its advisory panel. The panel unanimously voted Friday to advise the agency to authorize boosters for all adults, regardless of their health condition. As of Oct. 14, 15.2 million Americans have gotten the J&J shot.

President Biden’s announced vaccine mandate for private employers is being blamed for flight disruptions, and now his mandate for federal workers is posing the threat of further travel chaos with the TSA admitting that 40% of its agents remain unvaccinated six weeks before the deadline.

International

England’s COVID Pass system went offline for hours on Wednesday, causing British travelers to remain stranded at airports. Some passengers couldn’t board their flights, while others suffered delays as both the National Health Service (NHS) website and app experienced issues.

  • Dependence upon government systems is fraught with unforeseen circumstances that will wreak havoc on everyday life.

Health officials in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for younger people due to a risk of side effects including myocarditis. The Food and Drug Administration responded saying the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks. Moderna, meanwhile, said in a statement that it was “aware of the very rare occurrence of myocarditis and/or pericarditis following administration of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.”

New Zealand authorities on Monday announced that teachers and people working in the country’s health departments will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to keep working. The sweeping “no jab, no job” policy was confirmed by COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins as New Zealand on Oct. 10 reported 35 new Covid-19 cases. The new mandate compels doctors, pharmacists, community nurses, and many other health care workers to be double-jabbed by December, with teachers by January.

The World Health Organization recommended third doses of Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, both of which are made in China. The WHO cited an independent panel that found support for an extra jab for people over age 60; the doses could be the same or mixed, depending on availability. Vaccine trackers fear this may stretch thin the global supply of Chinese-made vaccines and place extra strain on the supply of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

Police in Norway say the male terrorist accused of killing five people in a bow-and-arrow attack Wednesday was on their radar and had been flagged for showing signs of radicalization. Regional police chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud described the suspect Thursday as a 37-year-old Danish citizen and a convert to Islam..

David Amess, a pro-life conservative member of British Parliament, was killed in a knife attack while meeting constituents in his district in Essex in southeast England. Police have arrested a suspect and recovered the weapon.

At least four people were shot during an Alabama high school football game on Friday night, police said. Mobile police Chiefs Paul Prine said the shooting occurred near the exit ramp at Ladd-Peebles Stadium while players from Williamson and Vigor High Schools were on the field. Prine said three men and a woman were wounded and two of the victims were juveniles.

A man died after he allegedly tried to hit people on a sidewalk with his truck, crashed against a building, and then was pulled out and beaten by the group in Southern California.

A gunman “came out of nowhere” and fired on constable’s deputies who were trying to detain someone else outside a Houston bar early Saturday, ultimately killing one deputy and injuring two others.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

Walgreens said Tuesday that it will close five more stores in San Francisco next month because of organized retail theft in another blow to a city that has earned an embarrassing reputation for widespread and brazen shoplifting. Walgreens has closed at least 10 stores in the city since the start of 2019. 

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

A Biden Administration proposal to give the IRS access to all financial transactions above $600 is raising concerns among congressional Republicans about government overreach. Democrats are pushing for regulations within President Biden’s $3.5 trillion, 10-year social welfare bill that would require banks to report annually on the “inflows and outflows” of personal and business accounts. The reporting requirement would cover any transaction above $600 or bank accounts with deposits totaling that sum. Some Democrats are also pushing for rules to cover mobile money transfer systems such as PayPal and Venmo. Critics say the low reporting threshold would essentially give the IRS unfettered access to how ordinary Americans spend their money. Some Republican lawmakers say the expansion of federal powers would amount to a “surveillance state.”

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the proposed requirement that banks report information on any account with $600 of total activity over the course of a year will stay in Democrats’ reconciliation bill in some form, despite public backlash.

Critical Race Theory: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

Walmart has a training program for its employees based on the core principles of Critical Race Theory that asserts whites are inherently racist and the United States is a “white supremacy system” designed by white Europeans “for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege,” according to internal documents. The evidence was obtained from an unidentified whistleblower.

Health: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

Reported drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new high of more than 96,000 in the 12-month period ending March 2021, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. CDC. In that 12 months — a period when Covid-19 pandemic took hold in the United States and shut down normal daily routines — the U.S. saw 96,779 reported drug overdose deaths, an increase of 29.6% from March 2020 to March 2021. Vermont had the largest increase (5%) in overdose deaths of any state. South Dakota’s reported overdose deaths declined by 16.3%, the biggest decrease of any state.

People with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more likely to get infected with COVID-19 and end up with adverse outcomes from the infection, according to an Oct. 5 study published on World Psychiatry. “Drugs and alcohol affect immune function, which is likely to contribute to the higher risk for infections in individuals with SUD,” reported the study.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

New asexual education standard are currently being disseminated to schools nationwide. Developed by a coalition of left-wing nonprofit groups, the second edition of the National Sex Education Standards aspires to teach school children about various ideas that many conservative Christian parents will likely find objectionable. For instance, the standards require kindergarteners through second graders to learn about ideas related to transgenderism, Third graders are taught about “the role of hormone blockers” for transgender minors, an often irreversible procedure many consider to be tantamount to child abuse. Starting in sixth grade — an age group of 11 and 12-year-olds — and by the end of eighth grade at age 13, students should understand oral, anal and vaginal sex. Also starting in the sixth grade, students are taught about abortion — not as the horror that it is, but rather as a common option when faced with pregnancy.

As they reel from revenue losses connected to the pandemic, many colleges and universities are racking up other costs not likely to turn up in their glossy brochures or as line items on staggering tuition bills: untold millions of dollars in legal fees and settlements for allegedly violating the rights of students, professors, and applicants on free speech, admissions and other matters as the schools pursue social justice causes. Challenges to alleged free-speech violations, which have plagued universities for decades, continue to grow with a heightened grievance culture. Numerous courtroom challenges over First Amendment rights, alleged Title IX violations, admissions standards and perceived cultural protocol miscues reflect an aggressive effort by schools to enforce disputed social policies and the growing influence of administrators who carry them out.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Left-wing climate protesters hit the D.C. streets Monday, vandalizing a statue of former President Andrew Jackson and swarming the White House while warning President Biden to take their demands seriously. The Build Back Fossil Free coalition took to the DC streets Monday with their five-day-long protest’s aim to spur action by the Biden administration against climate change, mainly by declaring a national emergency and ending projects involving fossil fuels.

A large number of Southwest pilots in Florida engaged in a “sickout” over the weekend to protest Southwest’s vaccine mandate, and apparently at least some air traffic controllers joined them. Thousands of flights were cancelled On the record, Southwest is denying any sort of protest, attributing the delays to weather and pilots getting ‘timed out’ as the cancellations stacked up. •           Southwest Pilot Association President says the pilots demand to talk to company about natural immunity, antibodies, and alternate forms of compliance with mandates.

  • Amid ongoing flight disruptions, Texas-based airlines Southwest and American announced Tuesday they will comply with President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate despite Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order barring any “entity” in the state from compelling receipt of the vaccine. Southwest says, “federal action supersedes any state mandate or law, and we would be expected to comply with the president’s order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.”
  • An American Airlines pilot warned that a vaccine mandate announced last month by President Joe Biden may have a “catastrophic effect” on the transportation system and supply chain.

A massive crowd of thousands marched down the Via Veneto in Rome, to protest the “Green Pass” the government is requiring to get into public and private workplaces. It requires at least one vaccine dose, documented recovery from the illness within the last six months, or negative tests in the last 48 hours. The pass will be required starting Friday to get into the workplaces.

At least four people have been killed and several injured when gunfire and rockets were fired near a Hezbollah-led protest in Beirut. Demonstrators were calling for the removal of a judge investigating last year’s massive port blast.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

California on Saturday became the first state to say large department stores must display products like toys and toothbrushes in gender-neutral ways, a win for LGBT advocates who say the pink and blue hues of traditional marketing methods pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes. The new law, signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, does not outlaw traditional boys’ and girls’ sections at department stores. Instead, it says large stores must also have a gender-neutral section.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Documents leaked to Fox News show that at least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March. The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.

In a major policy shift to help illegal immigrants already in the U.S. workforce, the Biden administration is ordering the Department of Homeland Security to end mass worksite enforcement operations that often result in large-scale arrests and deportations of undocumented employees. The administration is also directing agencies that operate under DHS, which was created after 9/11 to counter terrorism, secure borders and uphold the nation’s economic security, to protect foreigners working in the country illegally by shielding them from removal proceedings when they get caught, reports Judicial Watch.

Energy Crisis: There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)

An energy crisis is gripping the world, with potentially grave consequences as ramped up demand exceeds supply dues to lack of workers and distribution impediments. Advocates for renewable energy say the global crisis shows the need to move further away from coal, gas and oil as prices for those commodities spike. Their critics contend just the opposite — that wind and solar have been tested and came up lacking.

With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter.

Supply Chain Crisis: “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” (Matthew 7:26)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (who has no real transportation or supply chain experience) admitted that some of the supply chain problems that we are currently facing could last for “years and years.” Buttigieg has said in recent interviews that “it’s an incredibly complicated situation,” but the government is holding virtual “roundtables” with port operators, labor unions and private companies. Nevertheless, he told MSNBC last Thursday, the “challenges” will continue, not only “going into the next year or two, but going into the long term.

  • During this transportation/supply-chain crisis, it turns out that Buttigieg has been on paternity leave since August 28 after the birth of twins by a surrogate for him and his husband. He has been even more MIA than VP Kamala Harris.

A shortage of just about everything is looming ahead of the holiday season as more than 150 container ships wait off the coast of California and rail yards clog up due to a shortage of port workers and truckers. The transporting of goods from Asia to North America is currently taking about 80 days, which is twice as long as before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wall Street Journal reported Walmart, Costco and Target are chartering their own cargo ships to import goods, paying about $100,000 day, or four times more than last year.

  • “Clearly what’s transpired is after the shutdown, the question is did everyone come back to their jobs? Did the truckers come back? Did the warehouse folks come back? And the answer is no they haven’t. So that is certainly contributing to what we’re seeing here,” Georgia Port Authority director Griff Lynch said.
  • Carriers of goods including Walmart, UPS, and FedEx are moving to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to address the global supply disruptions that have contributed to a surge in inflation, the White House said Wednesday. The update was announced ahead of President Joe Biden’s meeting with the heads of Walmart, FedEx, and UPS (odd that the feds haven’t ramped up the postal service too).

Flooding in northern China is hitting a major coal production center hard, sending coal prices soaring and complicating efforts by Beijing to tackle ongoing power shortages. Heavy rains have forced the closures of 60 coal mines in Shanxi province, China’s largest coal mining hub.

British companies that produce steel, paper, glass, cement, ceramics and chemicals say they will be forced to close factories or pass on rising costs to consumers unless the UK government provides relief from soaring energy prices.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Social Security recipients will receive an annual cost of living adjustment of 5.9% next year, the largest increase since 1982, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday. The spike will boost retirees’ monthly payments by $92 to an estimated average of $1,657 for 2022.

The average American family will get $5,086 in expanded child tax credits from 2021 through 2022 courtesy of COVID-19 stimulus actions. Congress raised the credit to $3,600 for kids under 6 years old and $3,000 for older children and made it refundable, among other measures.

Consumer spending unexpectedly rose in September as retailers benefitted from back-to-school shopping and more workers returning to the office. Retail sales, a measure of spending at restaurants, stores and online, last month rose 0.7% to $625.4 billion, according to the Commerce Department. Retail sales excluding autos jumped 0.8% month over month compared with the 0.2% decline that was anticipated. Gasoline stations saw a 1.6% month-over-month increase and were 38.2% above year-ago levels. Food services and drinking places, meanwhile, booked a 3.7% rise last month and jumped 29.5% from last year.

Unemployment claims dropped 36,000 to 293,000 last week, the second straight drop, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the smallest number of people to apply for benefits since March 2020, when the pandemic intensified. Applications for jobless aid, which generally track the pace of layoffs, have fallen steadily since last spring as many businesses, struggling to fill jobs, have held onto their workers.

A record 4.3 million people quit jobs in August, according to new data from the Labor Department — about 2.9 percent of the workforce. The phenomenon is being driven in part by workers who are less willing to endure inconvenient hours, poor compensation or bad conditions because they know there are ample opportunities elsewhere.

Some Americans have not returned to the labor force, which is defined as people who are employed or are actively looking for work. The number of people in the labor force is down by about 3 million from before the pandemic, according to PNC Financial Services Group.

Hiring has slowed over the past two months, even as companies and other employers have posted a near-record number of open jobs. Businesses are struggling to find workers as about three million people who lost jobs have stopped looking for work since the pandemic began.

A recent survey highlights some of the steps employers are taking to attract and retain workers in today’s ultra-competitive talent market: 57% of employers are offering referral bonuses; 55% are hiring external or temporary workers; 44% are upskilling and reskilling staff; and 43% are boosting pay.             Foreclosures are starting to surge as government and private sector programs designed to help homeowners deal with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic have begun to expire. Foreclosure starts jumped 32% in the third quarter of this year from the second quarter and were 67% higher than the third quarter of 2020.

Prices rose 5.4 percent in September over last year, a 13-year high, as Covid-19 and lack of workers continues to drag down the supply chain and the economic recovery. Rising prices for food and shelter contributed more than half of this increase, while prices for new cars, household furnishings and car insurance also climbed.

Food prices across the world have risen to their highest levels in a decade on the back of tightening supply conditions coupled with robust demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The FAO’s food price index, which measures world food commodity prices, has surged by 32.8 percent in the 12 months through September. On a month-over-month basis, the index rose 1.2 percent.

The national average price for gasoline hit a fresh seven-year high of $3.27 a gallon on Monday, up by 7 cents in the past week alone, according to AAA. Gas has nearly doubled since bottoming at $1.77 in April 2020.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Israel rescued 125 Afghans at risk from Taliban retribution in a complex and hush hush operation earlier this month. The operation took weeks to arrange and was a collaborative effort by the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Albania, activists and donors including businessmen and philanthropists.

Immigration to Israel has increased by 31% in 2021 so far, with 20,360 olim arriving compared to 15,598 during the corresponding period last year, despite the pandemic. These figures come ahead of Yom HaAliyah (Aliyah Day) – a national holiday on October 13th, which celebrates immigrants to Israel from all over the world.

A ruling allowing a Jew to silently pray on the Temple Mount for the first time was reversed by a Jerusalem District Court judge on Friday. District Court Judge Aryeh Romanov agreed with an appeal by Public Security Minister Omer Barlev and the police, ruling that only Muslims are allowed to overtly pray on the Temple Mount. Under the terms of a status quo reached in 1967 between Israel and the Islamic Waqf, while Jews and Christians are allowed to visit the Temple Mount, only Muslims are allowed to pray there.

Bashar Masri, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the Palestinian Authority city of Rawabi city near Ramallah, unveiled on Monday the “Lana” $300 million, 400 units housing project to be built in the northern areas of Jerusalem. The residential project is considered the largest in eastern Jerusalem is a joint venture between Massar International and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. The Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein said that Lana “guarantees us life in Jerusalem. Investment in the Holy City is an important matter.”

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

The Israeli Security Agency, known as the Shin Bet, has foiled over 2,200 significant terror attacks against the State of Israel in five and a half year, said outgoing Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman. Describing the challenge of ensuring Israel’s security as “an endless race,” Argaman said that some 2,261 attempted terrorist attacks were carried out against Israelis during his tenure. These included shooting attacks, explosive devices, suicide bombings and kidnapping attempts. During his years on the job, some 529 terror attacks were successfully carried out by use of explosive devices or by shooting, stabbing and ramming attacks, resulting in 54 Israeli casualties.

The Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas is establishing extensive military infrastructure in Lebanon, meant to serve as a second front against the State of Israel in a future conflict, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alma Research and Education Center, dedicated to researching and analyzing threats emanating from Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it would be lifting the sanctions imposed by the previous administration on Iranian missile producers Mammut Industrial Group and its subsidiary Mammut Diesel. The two entities were described by Treasury as “key producers and suppliers of military-grade, dual-use goods for Iran’s missile programs” when the sanctions were announced. The delisting follows the July 2021 lifting of sanctions on three Iranians who were major shareholders and executives of the Mammut Industrial Group.

  • The Biden Administration has thus far not been forthcoming on the reasons behind the lifting of these sanctions, and it has not confirmed that the delisted individuals and entities have verifiably ceased their sanctionable behavior.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Turkey has escalated a supposedly anti-terrorist military campaign in Syria and Iraq that appears to be targeting Christians and other minorities. A spate of Turkish attacks beginning in late August – including the bombing of a hospital – has been responsible for the deaths of at least a dozen civilians. “It is unclear,” argued an analyst in The Jerusalem Post, “why [Turkey’s] claims to fight ‘terrorism’ often coincide with bombing minorities in Iraq and Syria and carrying out attacks against Christian, Kurdish and Yazidi minorities.” Amy Austin Holmes, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., notes that “Yazidis, Christians and Kurds have fled in droves from the Turkish-occupied areas of Syria”

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

A suicide bomber killed at least 32 worshipers at a Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Friday. Hafiz Abdul Hai Abbas, health director for the province, said another 45 were wounded, and he expected the toll to rise. Another Shiite mosque was bombed a week earlier near Kunduz in an attack claimed by the Islamic State.

A U.S. delegation held talks with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, over the weekend to discuss wide-ranging issues including security, terrorism and human rights in the first official meeting since the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan in August. The talks were the first formal engagement between the State Department and the Taliban since the U.S. evacuated its diplomats and troops from Kabul. It also comes after the U.K. diplomats met with Taliban officials in Afghanistan last week. The Biden administration has wrestled with how to deal with the Taliban, which control Afghanistan’s government but are officially labeled a terrorist organization. Although many subjects were discussed no new agreements were announced.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced on Monday the capture of one of the top leaders of ISIS. Al-Kadhimi said in a Twitter post that Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, the former deputy of the terror group and its head of finance, was detained in a third country, which he declined to name, by Iraqi intelligence forces in a “complex external operation.” Al-Jaburi was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. government and there was a $5 million reward on offer from the State Department for information leading to his arrest.

Wildfires: The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

Destructive California wildfires driven by intense winds Monday caused damage at two mobile home parks, destroying some trailers, and one person suffered burns. The fires on Monday also toppled trees, whipped up blinding dust clouds and forced a utility to cut power to thousands of customers in an effort to prevent more wildfires. Although the winds were easing on Tuesday, about 30 structures were destroyed Monday afternoon when wind-driven flames roared through the Rancho Marina RV Park in Sacramento County. In San Joaquin County, a man suffered burns and about five mobile homes were damaged by flames that raced through the Islander Mobile Home Park.

The Alisal Fire near Santa Barbara, California, has quickly exploded in size, prompting evacuation orders and warnings. The fire began Monday afternoon near the Alisal Reservoir and now covers approximately 6,000 acres, fire officials said. It was uncontained as of early Tuesday. The flames are threatening at least 100 structures. Winds in the area were recorded at 30-35 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph. The flames prompted the closure of a portion of Highway 101.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

At least three people have died in Bali after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit the Indonesian island in the early hours Saturday, damaging buildings and leaving people trapped in the rubble. The earthquake damaged buildings in Karangasem and Bangli regencies on the east of the island, Rescuers are searching through the rubble for survivors.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced Wednesday by the Biden administration. The projects are part of President Biden’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, generating enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said her department hopes to hold lease sales by 2025.

California’s Lake Tahoe is at an alarmingly low level. An historically dry period in California will come to bear at Lake Tahoe, where the water level is expected to sink below the basin’s natural rim. Already, people are walking across dry spots in the lake which used to require a boat. The historic drought, recent wildfires and erratic weather have all intertwined with climate change to overly stress the aquatic and alpine environment.

California has banned the usage of gas lawn mowers and leaf blowers by 2024. California will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan can’t drink their tap water due to high levels of lead from corroding pipes; a strangely similar scenario to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

The megadrought in the western U.S. improved only slightly this past week, but is down from 84.5% in severe to exceptional drought three months ago to 80.5% as of 10/12, still alarmingly high. California, however, increased from 86% to 87% over three months, while Nevada remained the same at 95% with Utah staying at 100%. New Mexico improved from 71% to 50% while Arizona saw the largest reduction from 95% to 34%. Further north, Oregon worsened from 89% to 96% while Washington only worsened a little from 53% to 54%. Idaho has also worsened over the past three months from 84% to 91% while Montana also worsened from 72% to 100%, although substantial sone has fallen since 10/12. Data is from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Flooding is the most expensive natural disaster in the United States. One-fourth of the United States’ “critical” infrastructure is at risk of flooding, a report released Monday warns. The highest concentration of community flood risk is in Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia. The report pinpoints the nation’s flood risk to critical infrastructure, such as utilities, airports, ports and emergency services such as police, fire and hospitals. That’s in addition to residential properties, commercial properties, streets and local roads and social infrastructure such as schools and government buildings. With an increasing number of flood events making headlines across the nation, there’s now a greater awareness of the economic and human cost that flood-damaged infrastructure can create, report authors say.

Eighteen weather and climate disasters in the U.S. have taken 538 lives and cost $105 billion so far this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The deaths are more than twice the number of fatalities from all the events that occurred in 2020, In the first nine months of 2021, the U.S. has already faced 18 disasters that have cost more than a billion dollars each. This is the seventh consecutive year the U.S. has had more than 10 disasters totaling more than a billion dollars. 2020 saw the record number of billion dollar disasters at 22. The average number of billion dollar disasters from 1980-2020 is seven (presumably adjusted for inflation). However, during the last five years, that average number has risen to 16.

La Niña conditions — the opposite phase of El Niño — have emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean over the past month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. La Niña typically brings conditions that are wetter and cooler than average to the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains, especially during the winter. In contrast, La Niña means drier and warmer-than-average conditions usually prevail in the South. This could mean the drought-stricken Southwest will likely stay drier. The Southeast is also typically drier during a La Niña winter, although it increases the possibility for tropical weather, including hurricanes.

Signs of the Times: October 9,2021

October 9, 2021

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,.. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless. (2Peter 3:9-11,14)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

The Texas Supreme Court refused Planned Parenthood’s demand to block the Texas “heartbeat abortion ban. On Monday, the Texas Supreme Court refused the abortion chain’s request to allow its lawsuit to proceed. Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, also have ruled against pro-abortion groups’ requests to block the Texas law thus far. Though the court battle is far from over, the law currently is in effect. Texas Right to Life estimates approximately 3,000 babies have been saved from violent abortion deaths since September.

  • State legislatures have passed a record number of pro-life laws this year to save unborn babies from violent abortion deaths – 19 state legislatures passed 106 pro-life laws this year.

The faith-based documentary The Jesus Music surprised the movie industry over the weekend by opening in the Top 10 and finishing fourth in per-theater average, edging out more well-known titles in a pandemic environment that has been challenging for studios. The groundbreaking film finished the weekend with an estimated $560,250 despite opening in only 249 theaters – a solid number when compared to the Top 5 movies, each of which were showing in 3,000-plus locations. Even more impressive, The Jesus Music finished No. 4 in per-theater average ($2,250). The movie, directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, follows the history of contemporary Christian music. Moviegoers gave it an “A” grade according to CinemaScore, which polls attendees on opening weekend.

Census data found that 11.1% of U.S. households with school-aged children are now homeschooling. That’s double the number from before the pandemic. That increase means there are about 2.6 million new homeschool students across the nation. Another report found that 8.7 million children have been pulled from a government-run school and placed in a private school, which includes many Christian schools. “One good thing to come out of the shutdowns is that many parents have been awakened to what ‘secular’ really means – anti-God!” notes Answers In Genesis.

Last Friday, a Tennessee high school football team led their parents and fans in a post-game prayer after their local school board banned teachers and coaches from praying with their students. Putnam County Schools administrators informed staffers that they are no longer allowed to lead students in prayer. According to CBN News, the decision was finalized in response to a letter sent by the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State. While some parents were upset by the move, they decided to take matters into their own hands and helped organize the post-game prayer for those who wished to participate.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

More than 130 nations agreed on Friday to a sweeping overhaul of international tax rules, with officials backing a 15 percent global minimum tax for corporations and other changes aimed at cracking down on tax havens that have drained countries of much-needed revenue. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has been leading the negotiations, said 136 countries and jurisdictions had signed on to the deal. The agreement to enact a 15 percent minimum corporate tax rate had been proposed by the United States, which has long looked for ways to minimize incentives for companies to shift profits abroad to lower their tax bills. As the Biden administration prepares to try and raise corporate tax rates in the United States, getting a global minimum tax in place has become critical to prevent companies from simply shifting their headquarters overseas.

  • Another small step in establishing the one-world government of Revelation 13.

In President Biden’s first address to the U.N., he called for a united global response to combat climate change, and global cooperation to end to pandemic. “We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and as we close this era of endless war we are opening an era of endless diplomacy,” President Biden said. Biden then announced Wednesday the U.S. government is increasing its investment in combating Covid-10 globally by doubling the number of COVID-19 vaccines it plans to purchase and ship around the world. U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill for another 500 million Pfizer vaccines to ship to 100 low and lower-middle-income countries. That’s on top of the 500 million the United States already committed to purchasing. The doses will be bought at a not-for-profit price, according to a senior administration official, and shipped through the global COVID-19 platform known as COVAX.

  • The wizards behind the curtain manipulating Biden are the global elitists who will bring forth the one-world government of Revelation 13.

More than 4,000 scientists and physicians from around the world have signed a declaration condemning public policy makers of “crimes against humanity” for restricting life-saving treatments and quashing debate and scientific inquiry. The “Physicians Declaration” was issued in Rome earlier this month at the International COVID Summit. Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, read the declaration at the Rome conference. He contends the COVID vaccines should not be administered universally but should target the most vulnerable, because the shots pose both known and unknown risks for the healthy that outweigh potential benefits. The signatories “invite the scientists of the world, who are skilled in biomedical research and uphold the highest ethical and moral standards, to insist on their ability to conduct and publish objective, empirical research without fear of reprisal upon their careers, reputations and livelihoods.”

  • The global elitists have indeed promoted censorship of scientific data that goes against their autocratic policies that lead toward a one-world socialistic/totalitarian government. Alternative treatments for Covid-19 that have proven effective are being suppressed in order to promote the DNA-altering mRNA vaccines.

While speaking about the vaccination rates in New South Wales, Australian chief health officer Kerry Chant expressed optimism that they’d soon reach a 90 percent vaccination rate for the 16 and over population. Even so, however, she quickly poured cold water on the idea of life returning to normal ever again. “We will not be going back to pre-COVID levels. We are always going to have to be mindful that COVID exists,” she said. “We’re going to have to engage with booster shots, we’re going to have to engage with advice from time to time when we see outbreaks. We’re going to have to respond, so it’s not going to go back to normal, we can’t deny that we have to live with COVID.”

  • Whether the pandemic was purposely created or not, governments are using it as an excuse to employ authoritarian ‘emergency’ powers to gain more and more control over the masses.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain), and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

Top military officials on Tuesday testified that they assessed that the U.S. should maintain a presence of at least 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin admitting that their input was “received” by President Biden, despite Biden’s claims to the contrary. Biden and White House officials have said repeatedly that no military leaders advised him to leave a small military presence behind, with the president, himself, telling ABC News in August that “no one” recommended a 2,500 troop presence that he could “recall.”

  • Our Liar-in-Chief spins another one, or maybe his cognitive function has declined to such a level that the 25th Amendment needs to be invoked before he causes even more debacles.
  • Top Pentagon officials blamed the State Department for not beginning evacuations of civilians from Afghanistan sooner, calling the efforts “chaotic,” while defending the “skill and leadership” of U.S. troops during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday focused on the military withdrawal.

In a ridiculous complaint to President Biden, NSBA executives invoked the Patriot Act as they effectively charged parents and citizens who are advocating on behalf of children with “domestic terrorism.” They asked for federal law enforcement protection from parents and citizens — their own voters, notes the Family Research Council. Nevertheless, On October 4, 2021, the DOJ announced an effort to determine if “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” at school board meetings requires federal intervention by law enforcement.” Parents who have tried in good faith to work with elected officials to remove pornographic books from school libraries or to expose injustices in programs for children with disabilities are often harassed and demeaned, banned from meetings, or silenced. This latest insult from the DOJ, at the behest of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), is dangerous and authoritarian, says the FRC.

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday the FBI failed to support claims it made in almost 200 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to monitor American citizens. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a scathing report saying the FBI ignored its own Woods Procedure — the set of rules the bureau follows to ensure its applications for secret warrants are accurate. Inspector general investigators uncovered at least 183 instances in which the Woods File was missing, destroyed or incomplete. The FBI‘s handling of warrants under the FISA has been under scrutiny since 2016, when it was revealed that the bureau sought a warrant to snoop on Carter Page, a Trump campaign official. That warrant was largely based on the now-discredited Steele dossier and included at least one piece of information fabricated by an FBI lawyer.

  • The FBI has become a political organization dedicated to the support of the leftist/progressive agenda, which itself is in accord with the global elitist goals of a socialistic/authoritarian one-world government.

Suicide rates in the U.S. military increased from 2015 to 2020 and the trend shows no signs of slowing, Pentagon officials acknowledged Thursday while releasing the Department of Defense’s 2020 Annual Suicide Report. Pentagon officials said 580 active-duty service members died at their own hands in 2020, a 15% jump over the 504 suicides recorded in the previous year. The report shows that the suicide rate for active component military members has increased over each of the past five years.

The federal government picked up the cost of the unprecedented expansion of jobless benefits during the pandemic, but many states are still facing a hefty tab for their share of the program — and tough decisions about how to cover the bill. To avoid hiking taxes on employers, some states have opted to use billions of federal dollars they received in two congressional rescue packages to replenish their unemployment trust funds or repay the federal loans they took out. But others must decide whether to dip into the federal funds, hike taxes on employers or cut future benefits — as some did after the Great Recession, leaving their jobless residents with a thinner safety net.

  • All that ‘free’ money generated out of thin air in the federal government’s efforts to prop up the economy will come back to plague recipients in all kinds of ways, whether it be states, businesses or individuals.

The average American spent more in taxes last year than on health care, clothing, food, and entertainment expenses combined, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditures Survey for the year 2020. The typical American worker paid the state, local, and federal governments a total of $371.23 more than his or her expenses for food, clothing, health care, and entertainment.

The infrastructure bill that the House has failed to pass thus far has very little funds for the nation’s infrastructure. Only 10% of the 1.2 trillion would be funneled toward roads and bridges. Reports show that the measure includes a sizable amount of money for environmental provisions such as $5 billion for electric cars for the federal government fleet, $50 million for community climate incentive grants, and $1 billion for an “electrical vehicle charging equity program.”

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Google and YouTube said they will block ads that they believe are challenging the “scientific consensus” on climate change. Google‘s new policy for its advertisers, publishers, and creators will “prohibit ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.” “This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change,” stated Google‘s update to its ads policy on Thursday. Google-owned YouTube said on Sept. 29 that it will ban all “harmful vaccine content” from its platform, including claims that vaccines are ineffective at reducing transmission of disease

  • This is yet another step down the slippery slope of censorship.

Instead of focusing on conservatives and Christians, why do the social media continue to allow terrorist access? The Counter Extremism Project reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Over the last week multiple pieces of pro-ISIS, white supremacist, anti-Muslim, and antisemitic content were found on Facebook-owned Instagram. Some had been viewed hundreds of times and even been previously removed, only to be re-uploaded again. Fascist and neo-Nazi content was found on both TikTok and YouTube. On TikTok, an account posted violent footage from the Christchurch terrorist attack and on YouTube, a podcast was located that promoted violent neo-Nazi accelerationism.

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

A police officer from Louisville, Kentucky, is suing the mayor, police chief and his police department for “persecuting” him over an off-duty prayer at an abortion industry business, according to officials with the Thomas More Society. Senior Counsel Matt Heffron explained that officer Matthew Schrenger participated in “a quiet, off-duty prayer, on a public sidewalk,” and as a result was “stripped of his police powers, and placed under investigation,” part of a suspension that lasted four months.

A former Alaska Airlines flight attendant is fighting back after being fired for wanted to have a dialogue over the company’s support the pro-LGBT Equality Act. Lacey Smith responded to a notice on an internal company message board in which the company expressed its support for the bill, according to First Liberty Institute, which is representing Smith. “As a company, do you think it’s possible to regulate morality?” she wrote, according to First Liberty’s website. “I was shocked that the airline I loved working for fired me for asking a question about something the airline asked us to support,” Smith said, according to Newsweek. “I thought my question would receive the same level of respect that I give to others. It’s frightening to think that Americans can lose their jobs for simply asking questions about important issues,” she said.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

A lower-court judge called the Texas abortion ban an “unprecedented and aggressive scheme to deprive” citizens of their constitutional rights in initially putting a hold on the law that was later overturned by Texas’ Supreme Court. This judge and others claim abortion is a constitutional right. Not so. Roe v. Wade was an enormous mistake and must be repealed and the Hyde Amendment protected in Congress.

Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic Bishop has come out strongly against an abortion bill, and he’s not holding back, calling it “child sacrifice.” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, issued a statement that many view as a rebuke of Speaker of the House Pelosi, who hails from the Archbishop’s diocese. The bill addressed in Cordileone’s statement is the “Women’s Health Protection Act” (HR 3755), which passed the House last week. The bill would recognize a “statutory right” to abortions, and would do away with conscience protections for health care workers who do not wish to participate in life-ending procedures. The bill would also prohibit almost any kind of limitation on abortion such as waiting periods and ultrasounds, and would prevent states from restricting abortion.

The annual Women’s March on Saturday returned to Washington, D.C., and other major cities across the country with a focus on “abortion access for all.” It will be the first Women’s March since President Biden took office. The rally in the nation’s capital on Saturday will begin with a “faith gathering,” “reflecting the many voices of people of faith longing for reproductive justice,” and the march will begin at Freedom Plaza at noon and continue until demonstrators reach the Supreme Court.

  • Yet another example of our culture today calling evil good, and good evil. Moral relativism is being embraced rather than absolute Truth as defined by our Creator.

On the heels of the Texas Heartbeat Act, pro-lifers can welcome another victory in the state, as Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed into law a bill prohibiting physicians or health care providers from giving women an “abortion inducing drug” after seven weeks of pregnancy. The new pro-life law is set to be effective December 2, subject to any legal injunctions. Physicians may still distribute the drugs before the 49th day, at face-to-face meetings, but are subject to a number of requirements, including scheduling a follow-up visit no more than 14 days after giving the drug, to “confirm that the woman’s pregnancy is completely terminated; and assess any continued blood loss.”

With abortion effectively banned in Texas, patients are flooding reproductive health clinics in neighboring states and overwhelming the region’s abortion infrastructure. “Patients from Texas are traveling sometimes five to eight hours each way to get to a health center in Oklahoma,” per a briefing filed  last week by the Department of Justice. Planned Parenthood’s Oklahoma clinics are now mostly being booked for Texas-based patients.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills on Wednesday relating to abortion rights, with both helping children hide medical information from parents. The first bill, AB 1356, will create new offenses arising from recording or photographing patients or providers within 100 feet of the entrance to a reproductive health services facility. The other, AB 1184, will keep patient information confidential for patients who are not the primary policyholder for their health insurance. Healthcare services that patients can keep confidential include “reproductive health care and gender-affirming care,” according to the governor’s statement.

  • In other words, children can keep abortions and sex-change operations secret from their parents.

The U.S. Supreme Court set a date for a major abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. The hearing on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is scheduled for Dec. 1. The case centers around a 2018 Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she is looking forward to the opportunity to convince the court that there is no constitutional right to abortion and Roe v. Wade should be overturned. In Roe and later Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court prohibited states from banning abortions before an unborn baby is viable. As a result, the U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And  there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

COVID-19 metrics in southern states like Florida have plummeted in recent weeks while rising in many northern states, including heavily vaccinated ones. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, for instance, have plunged some 95 percent from the peak of 5,018 on Aug. 19 to just 268 on Oct. 7. COVID-19 related hospitalizations in the state, one of the worst-hit in the nation, dropped from 1,667 on Aug. 19 to 403 on Thursday. Similar drops have been recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. At the same time, metrics have been rising in many northern states, including those in New England. Vermont, for instance, went from one case on July 5 to 286 on Oct. 1, and eight hospitalizations in the month of June to 160 in the month of September, though the metrics have been declining in recent days.

  • The Delta variant currently accounts for 99% of all the samples that TGen has tested. 

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. is down 20% over the past two weeks, even as while deaths are down by 20%. However, cases are still rising in some states including, Minnesota (+34%), Michigan (+29%), New Mexico (+26%), North Dakota (+25%), Colorado (+20%), Maine, (+11%), New Hampshire (+10%), Pennsylvania (+6%), Montana (+6%), Utah (+3%), and Idaho (+1%), based on New York Times data.

  • These are a mix of high and low vaccination rates, so the narrative that cases are higher in low vaccination states is not true.
  • About 15% of reported COVID-19 cases in Arizona in August were breakthrough infections among people fully vaccinated, according to state health officials.

The life expectancy of American men dropped by more than two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study has found. Oxford University said in the study published Monday that the life expectancy among men fell by 2.2 years in 2020, the largest drop since World War II.

The announcement by Merck that it plans to apply for emergency approval of a new experimental oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 is of particular interest to many physicians who have been hindered or completely blocked from treating their COVID patients off-label with an FDA-approved drug (Ivermectin) that already is produced by the pharmaceutical giant, is FDA approved and inexpensive.

  • Could profitability be their primary objective here? Most likely.

A study by the European Model of Immunology found that 96 percent of test subjects who had been infected with COVID-19 still carried neutralizing antibodies eight months later. In addition, another study found that the immune systems of the vast majority of people who have been infected with the coronavirus will continue to carry antibodies against the virus for at least 12 months, according to a peer-reviewed study accepted by the European Journal of Immunology on Sept. 24.

Two studies this week added to a growing body of research that has found lingering COVID-19 symptoms to be common, especially among patients with severe cases. Among 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 that researchers studied, 37% still had at least one symptom three to six months later, according to an Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research study published Tuesday. Among he most common lingering symptoms the study found were trouble breathing, abdominal issues, fatigue, pain, and anxiety and depression.

In February 2020, President Trump’s  White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended masks and a standardized 6-foot social distancing requirement to stop the spread of Covid-19. One of former President Trump’s commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, told CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday that the six-foot social distancing rule created to slow the spread of the coronavirus was “arbitrary” and Dr. Gottlieb also admitted that “nobody knows where it came from.” The actual number the CDC wanted was 10 feet.

In a rare move, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky late Thursday overruled her agency’s advisory panel and added a recommendation for boosters for people whose jobs put them at risk of infection. The advisory panel had made a recommendation that largely mirrored an authorization issued a day earlier by the Food and Drug Administration, with a call for a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 65 and older, nursing home residents and people 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions six months after completing their second shot.

Covid-19 infections have continued to increase “exponentially” among children across the U.S. and now account for nearly 26% of all cases reported nationwide, according to data published Monday. Over the past week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported the second highest total of new diagnoses among children over the course of the pandemic, with 225,978. “After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially, with over 925,000 cases in the past four weeks,” AAP said. Still, children are far less likely than adults to suffer serious disease or to die from Covid-19. Among states that report hospitalizations by age, children make up between 1.6% and 4.2% of patients hospitalized for Covid-19.

The antiviral Remdesivir treatment reduced the risk of hospitalization among COVID-19 patients by 87% when administered soon after they were diagnosed, according to a new study. Gilead Sciences conducted the Phase 3 randomized, double-blind trial in which non-hospitalized patients received the antiviral through IV on three consecutive days. Unfortunately, that’s impractical for people outside of hospitals, experts say. Remdesivir, also known as Venklury, is already approved by U.S. drug regulators for use against COVID-19 but the approval is only for patients who are already hospitalized.

  • Monoclonal antibodies are designed to prevent hospitalization and only require a single dose , making them the preferred treatment. Monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, are made in a laboratory to fight a particular infection—in this case, SARS-CoV-2—and are given to patients directly with an infusion (combinatorial drink).

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes.

Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer, Philip Dormitzer, admits aborted fetus tissue is used in the company’s vaccine program, but that employees should just stick with Pfizer’s polished narrative omitting any mention of aborted fetal tissue to avoid any issues with the public. “HEK293T [Human Embryonic Kidney] cells, used for the IVE assay, are ultimately derived from an aborted fetus,” Dormitzer said in a video recorded by Project Veritas.. “On the other hand, the Vatican doctrinal committee has confirmed that they consider it acceptable for Pro-Life Believers to be immunized. Pfizer’s official statement couches the answer well and is what should be provided in response to an outside inquiry.”

Quillay trees, technically known as Quillaja saponaria, are rare evergreens native to Chile that have long been used by the indigenous Mapuche people to make soap and medicine. In recent years, they have also been used to make a highly successful vaccine against shingles and the world’s first malaria vaccine, as well as foaming agents for products in the food, beverage and mining industries. Now two saponin molecules, made from the bark of branches pruned from older trees in Chile’s forests, are being used for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by drugmaker Novavax Inc. The chemicals are used to make adjuvant, a substance that boosts the immune system. Over the next two years, Maryland-based Novavax plans to produce billions of doses of the vaccine, mostly for low- and middle-income countries, which would make it one of the largest COVID-19 vaccine suppliers in the world.

  • A vaccine made from natural substances is a much more ethical means of production than relying on aborted baby parts, much like the trees in Revelation 22:2 which produce leaves for healing in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth.

A hospital in Colorado rejected a woman for a kidney transplant after she refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine, officials have confirmed. Leilani Lutali received a letter on Sept. 28 informing her that the transplant team at the University of Colorado Hospital decided to designate her inactive on the waiting list for transplants. “You will be inactivated on the list for non-compliance by not receiving the COVID vaccine,” the letter states. If Lutali continues to refuse to get a vaccine, she “will be removed from the kidney transplant list,” it added.

New York City restaurateurs are complaining that their business has been slashed severely by the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which requires people 12 and older to show vaccination proof for indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment. Several restaurants say that their business is down by 40-50%.

A federal judge denied a request to block an employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the basis of natural immunity on Friday. Jeanna Norris, who works at Michigan State University, challenged the school’s vaccine requirement on the basis that she had COVID-19 and recovered. After having two antibody tests showing her immunity, her doctor instructed her not to get the vaccine at this time. Yet, she faces termination for not complying with Michigan State University’s requirement that all staff and students get vaccinated by Aug. 31 unless they have a religious or medical exemption. The judge said the vaccine mandate doesn’t violate Ms. Norris’ fundamental rights and that Supreme Court precedent in Jacobson v. Massachusetts from 1905 gives states a right to require vaccinations.

  • A judge turned down a request from Oregon State Police troopers to halt Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, slated to take effect later this month.

The effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine falls below 50 percent after five months, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal on Oct. 4. Researchers analyzed electronic health records of more than 3.4 million men and women who were members of the health care organization Kaiser Permanente Southern California between Dec. 14, 2020, and Aug. 8, and assessed the vaccine effectiveness up to six months after they were inoculated.

Antibody levels generated by two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can undergo up to a 10-fold decrease seven months following the second vaccination, research suggests. In a recent BioRxiv study published ahead of peer-review, many recipients of the vaccine displayed substantial waning of antibodies to the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, and its variants including Delta, Beta, and Mu.

Two other studies confirm that the immunity offered by two doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine drops off after about two months, although protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death holds strong. The reports, from Israel and Qatar, add to evidence that suggests even fully vaccinated people need to continue to guard against COVID-19 infection.

  • Project Veritas jumped into the debate over vaccine mandates with an undercover video that shows two Pfizer scientists agreeing that naturally acquired immunity offers more protection than vaccination from the novel coronavirus.

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize a second shot of its COVID-19 vaccine. The New Jersey-based company officially asked for an expansion of the emergency use authorization that U.S. regulators granted in late February for the single-shot vaccine. Johnson & Johnson says analysis of U.S. insurance claims show the vaccine proved effective in preventing infection and hospitalization but that clinical trial data revealed a second shot boosted that protection. The vaccine was 81 percent effective in preventing infections, according to the claims analysis, while a second shot increased protection against moderate to severe disease to 94 percent, according to the trial data.

A booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine gives elevated protection against the virus that causes COVID-19, the company said Tuesday. Johnson & Johnson said data from a Phase 3 clinical trial its researchers are helping run showed that a second shot of its vaccine provides 94 percent effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 in the United States. The booster, when given two months after the first shot, caused antibody levels in recipients to rise four to six times higher than the levels observed after the single shot, the company said. The trial also tested giving the booster six months after the initial jab. In those cases, antibodies climbed nine-fold one week after the booster and kept climbing, to 12-fold higher, a month after the booster.

Vaccine maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Thursday submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration, seeking emergency use authorization for its mRNA vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If authorized, this would be the first coronavirus vaccine available to U.S. children younger than 12.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday denied a request from a group of New York City teachers to block the city’s vaccine mandate for public school employees. Sotomayor did not refer the request to the other Supreme Court justices, or comment on her action, likely signaling they agreed with her decision. In August, Justice Amy Coney Barrett likewise rejected an effort to block Indiana University’s vaccine mandate.

Vaccine mandates for employees are showing results. Immunization rates among health-care workers increased in New York and California after they were ordered to do so. New York hospital staff are 87 percent vaccinated as of Wednesday, an increase of 3 percentage points in a week, per state data. Other states are watching New York closely, because it has the earliest deadline in the nation for workers to comply with its mandate.

A large New York health care system on Monday said it fired 1,400 workers because they declined to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Northwell Health terminated approximately 2 percent of its workforce, which spans across New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The workforce across the 23-hospital system is now 100 percent vaccinated, the system told news outlets in a statement.

  • A North Carolina hospital system announced that about 175 unvaccinated employees had been fired. Last week, 375 employees who had not yet complied with the health care system’s vaccine mandate were suspended and given five days to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 200 of them did.

The Los Angeles City Council on Oct. 6 approved one of the strictest COVID-19 vaccination mandates in the country, requiring proof of vaccination to enter indoor restaurants, movie theaters, salons, shopping centers, and many more indoor venues. People will have to provide vaccination proof at gyms, sports arenas, museums, spas, indoor government facilities, malls, restaurants, and bars. For people with religious or medical exemptions, negative COVID-19 tests within 72 hours of entry will be required, according to the ordinance, which doesn’t make mention of “natural immunity” afforded by a previous COVID-19 infection.

California will require a Covid-19 vaccination for in-person school attendance, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in San Francisco Friday morning. The requirements will be phased in by grade groups — 7-12 and K-6 — and will start for each group only after the FDA fully approves the vaccine for that cohort, the governor’s office said in a news release. The mandate will be a condition of in-person attendance, though independent study is an option for unvaccinated students.

More than 9 in 10 self-identified Democrats (92%) report that they have had at least one dose of one of the three vaccines for Covid-19. That number among Republicans? Just 56

Sheriffs across the United States are rising up against Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandates for private businesses, vowing not to enforce coercive COVID vaccination requirements in their counties or for their workforces. “I will not enforce my employees to get vaccinated,” Sheriff Jason Chennault of Cherokee County, Oklahoma declared last week, according to the Tahlequah Daily Press. “I will not enforce the public to get vaccinated.” Chennault echoed several other Oklahoma sheriffs who have promised to defy vaccine orders from the Biden administration in recent days. Similar statements of sheriffs against federal vaccine mandates have been reported in nearly a dozen states.

Police across the country are filing lawsuits, requesting exemptions and considering quitting or getting fired over their opposition to coronavirus vaccine mandates. A survey this month of 733 members of the San Diego Police Officers Association showed about 91% (667) do not believe vaccines should be mandated and 45% (333) said they would rather be fired than comply with a vaccine mandate. Seven Denver police officers sued local officials last week, arguing that it is unlawful to order city employees to be vaccinated by Thursday or face termination. Nearly 200 San Francisco police officers have applied for religious exemptions to avoid a required inoculation by Oct. 13 or risk being fired.

United Airlines announced Tuesday that only 593 of its workers face dismissal for not complying with the requirement to get a Covid-19 vaccine. That is less than 1% of its 67,000 US workers who are covered by the rule. About 2,000 other employees, or less than 3% of the workforce, have applied for a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine, and their cases are now being considered by the airline.

  • More U.S. air carriers—American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue—announced this week that they’ll be requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Novant Health, a North Carolina not-for-profit system of 15 medical centers with more than 2,300 physicians, said this week it had terminated roughly 175 employees for non-compliance with its mandatory Covid-19 vaccination program. More than 99% of Novant Health team members chose compliance, company President and CEO Carl Armato said.

New York healthcare workers and teachers who don’t want the COVID-19 vaccine will not only lose their jobs but could also be unable to get unemployment benefits. Once fired, the workers could be left without access to unemployment insurance unless they legitimately asked for a health or religious exemption, according to the state’s Department of Labor The Department explained that “eligibility will depend on the circumstances as each claim is unique and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.”.

A new study found that mothers-to-be who had either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine passed high levels of antibodies to their infants. Researchers from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine discovered that 100% of 36 newborns tested at the time of birth had protective antibodies after their mothers had received the vaccines.

Anti-vaccine residents of a village in Guatemala seized and held hostage a team of nurses who were trying to administer coronavirus shots Monday, authorities said. The team was held for about seven hours in the village of Nahuila, in the province of Alta Verapaz, north of Guatemala City. The villagers said they didn’t want the COVID shots, and later blocked a road and let the air out of the nurses’ tires. Police and local officials later negotiated their release. A cooler and about 50 doses of vaccine were destroyed.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase (30%) on record in murders in 2020, according to new figures released by the F.B.I., with several cities hitting record highs. Although major crimes were down overall, an additional 4,901 murders were committed in 2020 compared with the year before, the largest leap since national records started in 1960. Overall, the toll of some 21,500 people killed last year is still well below the record set during the violence of the early 1990s. Still, several cities, like Albuquerque, Memphis, Milwaukee and Des Moines, are recording their highest murder numbers ever.

  • As Philadelphia surpassed 400 homicides this year as 0f 9/27, one city councilmember is calling for more police officers and more funding in the Democrat-controlled city riddled with gun violence..

One person is dead and 14 are injured after what’s believed to be at least the third supermarket shooting in the U.S. this year. Thirteen victims were hospitalized with four in critical condition. Police say that during the shooting, workers hid in offices and freezers, with one employee fleeing to the roof. “He kept on shooting, shooting, shooting,” cashier Brignetta Dickerson said, adding that the gunman started following her and others when they tried to escape. She said one of her co-workers was shot in the head, while a customer was shot in the stomach.

A 20-year-old gas station clerk  in Germany was fatally shot after asking a customer to wear a face mask. A 49-year-old German man was arrested in the fatal shooting Saturday in the western town of Idar-Oberstein. The suspect is being held on suspicion of murder. Authorities said the man told officers he acted “out of anger” after being refused service for not wearing a mask while trying to buy beer. “He further stated during interrogation that he rejected the measures against the coronavirus,” the Trier police department said in a statement.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

It’s not just happening in the air. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has gotten  nearly 3,000 calls about unruly passengers in the terminals as well as calls for police to meet flights arriving at the gate over the past year. The calls range from people refusing to wear masks to intoxicated passengers and  travelers interfering with flight crews and gate personnel.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

Be it e-commerce, entertainment, education, or gaming, few areas of Chinese society have been left unscathed amid Beijing’s torrent of regulatory activity in recent months. China’s tech behemoths are handing months of profits to the regime in Beijing to demonstrate loyalty to the Communist Party. Popular actors have been erased from internet history with their devoted online fan groups disbanded. Young gamers now are allowed no more than three hours of playtime per week. Across Chinese classrooms, 147,000 newly minted inspectors have been deployed to oversee the national dissemination of the ideology of China’s top leader, Xi Jinping. The cascading crackdowns have been swift and puzzling, with some likening the Party’s attempts at social engineering to that which occurred during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Facebook is going through a major crisis after the whistleblower who was the source of The Wall Street Journal’s series of stories exposing the company’s awareness of internal research into the negative effects of its products and decisions went public on “60 Minutes” on Sunday. Frances Haugen was identified in a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday as the woman who anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation, leads to increased polarization and that Instagram, specifically, can harm teenage girls’ mental health. The Journal’s stories, called “The Facebook Files,” painted a picture of a company focused on growth and its own interests instead of the public good.

Racism/Division: Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all,but rather division.For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. (Luke 12:51-52) Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. (Matthew 10:34) And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another… And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will growcold. (Matthew 24:10,12)

The FBI’s latest annual report on hate crimes seemed to deliver more grim news about race relations in America, announcing a nearly 40% rise in anti-black hate crimes in 2020. Some of the biggest increases in anti-black hate crimes occurred in Democratic Party strongholds. Perhaps surprisingly, almost no increases were reported in major cities rent by the racially tinged protests and riots after George Floyd’s murder. The FBI dataset tallies reported hate crimes, not the number proven in court.

The hopes of striking a deal to overhaul policing policies are “out of reach,” the Senate Democrat’s top negotiator conceded Wednesday. Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, declared the deal dead but vowed to fight on a racial justice makeover of America’s police departments. “After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now,” he said.

Health: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control reveal that childhood obesity shot up significantly over the past 18 months as government officials and teachers unions closed schools, playgrounds and parks. “Among a cohort of 432,302 persons aged 2–19 years, the rate of body mass index (BMI) increase approximately doubled during the pandemic compared to a pre-pandemic period. Persons with pre-pandemic overweight or obesity and younger school-aged children experienced the largest increases,” the CDC reports.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

In Senate testimony regarding mask mandates and other COVID-19 protocols, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said parents should not be the “primary stakeholder” in their children’s education. Parents are “important stakeholders,” Cardona said, but educators must determine the programs. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

  • Public schools have become indoctrination centers for the anti-God religion of secular humanism.

A school district in Minnesota is drawing fire from members of its community for a series of lessons that has students play-act sex scenarios as a transgender, or as a homosexual. Alphanews profiled the fight that has erupted in the Richfield Public Schools over its use of a “sexual education program that asks straight students to role play homosexual relationships and teaches kids about anal sex.”

  • Oversexualizing children, discounting parental influence is all part of the wider plan to decimate God’s ordained family structure and sexual morality.

Teacher shortages and difficulties filling job openings have been reported in Tennessee, New Jersey, and South Dakota, which saw one school district begin the year with 120 teacher vacancies. The shortage comes amid a spike in retirements and resignations of teachers prompted by the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a June poll that surveyed 2,690 members of the National Education Association between May 19 and May 26, one-third of members reported plans to leave education sooner than they had initially planned as a result of the pandemic, which could further exacerbate the existing teacher shortage. Public schools across the United States were already suffering from teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education, and languages, prior to the pandemic. But several of them have now been forced to shut down and return to remote learning amid further unfilled vacancies.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Citizens in Australia’s largest cities have taken to the streets in protest of strict coronavirus lockdowns and mandatory vaccination for workers, with police Wednesday in Melbourne firing rubber bullets, stinger grenades and pepper balls on the third day of violent demonstrations. Residents of Melbourne have been under a strict lockdown for 230 days that includes a 9 p.m. curfew. Police arrested 215 protesters throughout the day, and two officers suffered head injuries.

Thousands gathered near Central Park in Manhattan to express their discontent with the vaccine mandates and passport requirements implemented on the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month. Participants chanted “my body, my choice,” “no vaccine passports,” and “freedom over fear!” New York City started enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate Monday, with de Blasio warning that “there’ll be consequences” for those who do not follow the rules. The mandate requires establishments to put up certain signage and verify customers’ COVID-19 vaccine proof, such as vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City vaccination records, other official immunization records, the NYC COVID Safe App, or the Excelsior Pass.

A group of almost 100 people, mostly African Americans, gathered at The Brooklyn Bank in New York to express their opposition to vaccine mandates on Oct. 2. New York City has implemented vaccine mandates on healthcare workers, school staff, and all those who work or patronize restaurants, bars, nightclubs, catering halls, event spaces, gyms, fitness centers, pools, theaters, museums, aquariums, and zoos. According to recent NYC.gov data, blacks are the least vaccinated ethnic group, with 40 percent of them considered fully vaccinated. “Black Americans all across America are waking up! They realize modern-day slavery is upon them again,” Kevin Jenkins, CEO of Urban Global Health Alliance, told The Epoch Times.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

The Maricopa County election review hit a crescendo Friday when its results were presented to the Arizona Senate Republicans who ordered it in the heated aftermath of last year’s presidential election. Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, said that the hand recount of ballots showed Joe Biden won the election in Maricopa County, cementing his win in Arizona. She added, though, that she believed there were “broken statutes” and flawed election procedures — issues that she would turn over to Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate. Instead of creating any kind of proof that Trump actually won in Maricopa County, the Cyber Ninjas report showed he actually lost by a slightly larger margin than was in the county’s official election results.

  • However, about 57,000 ballot were found to be ‘illegal’ and will be further investigated.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Amid public reassurances that the southwest border is under control, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this week asked senior officials if they were prepared to handle as many as 400,000 migrants crossing in October, nearly double the 21-year high in July. Two unnamed DHS officials who told NBC News of the phone call said the department is worried about a massive spike in migrants as the court-ordered repeal of the Title 42 expulsion policy took effect last week. Title 42 is the order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Trump administration authorizing border officers to immediately reject asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Axios reported Panama’s foreign minister has warned that as many as 60,000 more migrants, mostly Haitian, are heading to the United States through her country. She said the Biden administration seemed caught off guard after “we sounded the alarm.”

Fifteen thousand Haitians arrived at the southern U.S. border last month. Thousands of them encamped at Del Rio, Texas, after entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande, and were awaiting either deportation from U.S. authorities or deciding to stay put and seek asylum. Most of those migrants, experts say, were already in Central America, as powerful natural disasters and an often-dysfunctional government in Haiti prompted a steady flow of out-migration for more than a decade. But now, with economic opportunities drying up in Latin America as the pandemic continues, the Haitian migrants traveled north to seek asylum in the U.S.

  • Thousands of Haitians have fled the country due to a combination of political instability following the assassination of the president in August and an earthquake in the same month that left more than 1,200 people dead.

No Haitian migrants are left at the makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas along the Mexico border. That comes just a week after nearly 15,000 migrants had gathered at the site. So where did they go? Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas admitted last Sunday that the vast majority of Haitian migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border in recent weeks have already been released into the United States, and it is possible that more will follow them. So far, approximately 12,400 of the people are having their cases heard by immigration judges, while another 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security. Currently,, only 3,000 are in detention.

  • The Mexican government offering the Haitian migrants in a makeshift camp in park near the Rio Grande the opportunity to stay in Mexico to proceed with legal residency and work permit procedures there, Acuña Deputy Mayor Felipe Basulto Corona announced Friday. If they accept the offer, they would vacate the park and move to a rented private building in Acuña being used by Mexican immigration authorities.

Nearly 30,000 Haitian migrants have already made their way over the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks, but Panama’s foreign minister says far more are on their way – and she has been sounding the alarm for months. In a new interview with Axios, Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes said that since the beginning of 2021 more than 85,000 Haitians have crossed through Panama and that she believes “they all are heading toward the U.S.” The Haitians have been coming from Colombia, traveling through the dangerous Darién Gap jungles into Panama before making their way northward through Central American and Mexico to to the U.S. Mouynes said senior officials from South American countries, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. met in August to address the issue, and she thought it was “shocking” that this had not happened sooner.

It’s not just Haitians, and it’s not just Texas where the border seems out of control. Some 3,400 migrants — most of them Brazilian, Venezuelan or Cuban — were mired in Border Patrol holding facilities in Yuma, Arizona, over last weekend, according to the sheriff, who said he has never seen such unruliness. “It’s getting a lot worse,” said Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot. “I’ve never seen it this bad with Border Patrol having to hold so many, and dealing with the issues we’re dealing with now because the administration won’t enforce the law.” Agents have been pulled off the border to help with caretaking duties.

The Biden administration revealed its plans for an updated DACA program Monday, looking to overcome a court ruling that struck down the original program this summer for not going through the full regulatory process. Homeland Security is trying to fix that problem with the new proposal by announcing the plan and making it available for notice and comment. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said many of the 825,000 people who have been granted a tentative foothold in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since 2012 have gone on to become valuable members of their communities, and he said putting the program on firm legal footing is long overdue.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gave alarming figures about the 60,000 Afghan evacuees who are already in the United States. Appearing to confirm previous reporting that a “majority” of Special Immigrant Visa holders were left behind in Afghanistan—Mayorkas said only about 3 percent, or roughly 1,800, of those who have come so far are SIVs. Furthermore, 7% are U.S. citizens while 6 percent are lawful permanent residents. “The balance of that population are individuals whose applications have not yet been processed for approval who may qualify as SIVs and have not yet applied, who qualify, or would qualify, I should say, as P1 or P2 refugees who have been employed by the United States government in Afghanistan and are otherwise vulnerable Afghan nationals, such as journalists, human rights advocates, etc.,” he said.

  • Sounds like they have no idea what’s really going on.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Uncle Sam ended fiscal 2021 deep in the red, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday, calculating the government ran a $2.8 trillion deficit, the second-worst on record. The COVID-19 pandemic has pried open the government’s wallet unlike anything since World War II, pushing spending even higher in 2021 than it was in 2020. But the economy recovered enough to lift revenue, so the overall deficit was a little better this year. Spending in 2021 was $2.4 trillion more than it was in 2019, the last full year before COVID-19, the analysts said.

  • CBO’s estimate comes as Congress is debating a new round of spending in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion makeover of the nation’s social welfare policies. That would come on top of a historic spike in spending over the past 18 months.

The Senate Thursday night ended a partisan stalemate over the nation’s debt ceiling that had threatened to roil global financial markets, agreeing to a temporary extension that portends another showdown in early December. By a 50-48 vote, the Democratic-led Senate approved the two-month extension. Some Senate Republicans joined Democrats in ending a filibuster, allowing the bill to reach the floor and pass with a simple majority.

The U.S. economy added 194,000 jobs in September, another weak month heading into final stretch of 2021. Economists were expecting the addition of 500,000 new jobs. Overall, the economy is down 5 million jobs from pre-pandemic employment level. The labor market had shown signs of snapping back quickly earlier this year, but it softened in the late summer amid fears about a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington’s political leaders are split over how much assistance to offer the economy at this stage in the recovery.

  • Before the pandemic, we needed to add between 150,000 and 200,000 new hires each month just to keep up with population growth. And according to the latest number that we just got from the government, the civilian labor force actually decreased by 183,000 last month. The civilian labor force is also way down from pre-pandemic levels.  In fact, right now it is currently at a level that is about 3 million lower than the pre-pandemic peak.
  • Over 10 million jobs remain unfilled. Even as the unemployment rate dropped, the participation rate also declined from 61.7% to 61.6% as the civilian labor force somehow shrank in September by 183K to 161.354 million. Because of population growth, over time the number of Americans that are employed and the civilian labor force should both steadily grow.
  • Child-care employment is down more than 126,000 positions as workers leave for higher-paying positions as bank tellers, administrative assistants and retail clerks. Parents are struggling to return to work as daycare and after school programs dwindle.

Right now, there is an epic shortage of labor all over the globe and no one has yet been able to pinpoint the source of the problem. Pandemic economic assistance has gone away now and yet millions upon millions of people all over the world that were working before the pandemic are now seemingly unavailable to work now. If we simply had enough workers to do all of the jobs that needed to be done, a lot of our global supply chain problems would disappear very rapidly. Some 69% of employers worldwide are having trouble finding the people they need, with countries like India, Romania and Singapore reporting a particularly difficult time hiring. The poll results, which include data from over 45,000 employers from 43 countries and territories, underscores just how desperate companies are getting. While half of them are dangling monetary incentives, 20% are offering non-financial benefits like extra vacation days Whether it’s fruit pickers, slaughterhouse workers, truckers, warehouse operators, chefs or waiters, the global food ecosystem is buckling due to a shortage of staff.

The New York Post is reporting that the “real cost” to families from “Biden inflation” is already reaching $175 a month. The report said “supply shortages and massive government spending” has made inflation “an added tax on middle-class Americans coming out of the COVID lockdowns.” The report said for those with the U.S. median annual income of about $70,000, that means another $175 a month on food, fuel and housing.

Jobless benefits ended in September, marking the end of the longest period of unemployment help in American history. But the pandemic isn’t over. October will be the leading edge of a tsunami of increasingly poignant stories of many people trying to avoid homelessness and dealing with bills coming due that can’t be paid.

  • Scammers were able to pocket nearly $4.3 billion, or 30% of the $16 billion in unemployment insurance payments sent out by Arizona since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the director of the state agency overseeing the program said Thursday. Most of that money is probably lost forever because it was siphoned off by out-of-state or overseas scammers who took advantage of the lack of identity verification early in the program.

In an open letter Wednesday to heads of state attending the United Nations General Assembly, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and other industry groups warned of a “global transport system collapse” if governments do not restore freedom of movement to transport workers and give them priority to receive vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization. “Global supply chains are beginning to buckle as two years’ worth of strain on transport workers take their toll,” the groups wrote. Guy Platten, secretary general of the ICS, said that worker shortages are likely to worsen towards the end of the year because seafarers may not want to commit to new contracts and risk not making it home for Christmas given port shutdowns and constant changes to travel restrictions.

Consumer prices in the United States and most other leading economies will rise faster than previously anticipated, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in its newest economic outlook, while urging central banks to set out clear strategies for managing inflationary pressures. The rate of consumer price inflation is projected at 3.7 percent in 2021 on average in the Group of 20 leading economies, before rising to 3.9 percent in 2022, the Paris-based organization said in its September economic outlook. The outlook for inflation varies markedly around the world. It has risen sharply in the U.S. and some emerging market economies but remains relatively low in many other advanced economies, particularly in Europe,” the OECD said.

  • Economists have had to ratchet up their projections about inflation several times over the past year and will have to do so even more as the end-time economy moves into stagflation and then depression.

A key measure of inflation hit a new 30-year high in August, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday. The price index tracking consumer spending — the PCE price index — was up 4.3% over the 12 months ending in August. That was a faster pace than July’s 4.2%. Inflation has continued to run at the fastest pace since January 1991.

Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told market analysts what it’s like doing business now: “Inflationary factors abound: higher labor costs, higher freight costs, higher transportation demand, along with container shortages and port delays, increased demand in certain product categories, various shortages of everything from computer chips to oils and chemicals, higher commodities prices.” This has all led to in-store shortages with purchase limits on several products, including toilet paper once again.

Surging shopper demand coupled with shipping container shortages and bottlenecks at ports have already triggered tighter supply of products, from cars to shoes. In particular, some of America’s biggest sellers of clothing and shoes cite another catalyst that has compounded the pressure: factory closures in Vietnam stemming from a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak there. That’s led brands from PacSun to Nike to warn about the effects on their supply.

New car sales plunged over the last three months in the United States despite strong demand, as the shortage of computer chips and other supply chain issues caused shutdowns at auto factories and choked off the supply of vehicles. General Motors reported sales fell a third from a year-ago last quarter, and they were off 40% from the same quarter of 2019 before the pandemic roiled the car market.

  • The shortage of vehicles has also led to record-high prices for both new and used cars for much of this year, which has also been a drag on sales, as some buyers have been priced out of the new car market.

Prices for natural gas, the most common way to heat homes and a leading fuel source for generating electricity, have surged more than 180% over the past 12 months to $5.90 per million British thermal units. Natural gas hasn’t been this expensive since February 2014. Nations are more reliant than ever on natural gas to heat homes and power industries amid efforts to quit coal and increase the use of cleaner energy sources. But there isn’t enough gas to fuel the post-pandemic recovery and refill depleted stocks before the cold months. Countries are trying to outbid one another for supplies as exporters such as Russia move to keep more natural gas home. The crunch will get a lot worse when temperatures drop.

The price of regular unleaded gas rose two cents from a week ago to an average of $3.20, a level not seen since October 2014, according to the American Automobile Association. However, the average price for unleaded gas has a way to go to hit the record high of $4.11 on July 17, 2008

The national median rent rose to $1,302 in September, up 15% from a year ago, according to a report from Apartment List, a rental listing site. After falling for much of 2020, rents are now rising much faster than before the pandemic. Since January, the national median rent has increased by 16.4%.

Low-wage workers are making “eye-popping” gains in their paychecks, according to Goldman Sachs. The bank told clients in a note Thursday that low-wage-worker pay rose 5.3% year-over-year in the second quarter. For the third quarter, the data isn’t complete yet, but preliminary readings are on pace for a three-decade high of 6%. Some industries posted even more significant increases in wages during the second quarter, including a 13% year-over-year spike for leisure and hospitality nonsupervisory workers.

Weekly claims for unemployment benefits rose to 332,000 last week, marking the second increase in a row. Claims last week went up particularly sharply in Louisiana, which is likely still seeing the devastating impact from hurricane Ida play out in its labor market.

There’s such an imbalance in the supply of homes and the number of people who want to become homeowners that the U.S. needs 5.24 million more homes to catch up to demand., according to Realtor,com. The millennial generation is the largest now in the U.S., and this is a group that is in its prime household-formation years. As a result, 12.3 million new households have been formed since 2012, while just 7 million new homes were built during that time.

Mail delivery started slowing down Friday, October 1. Higher prices are soon to follow. The nation’s mail service is preparing to implement core components of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the agency, a program designed to cut costs and raise new revenue to fix its many financial problems.

The latest problem spot is Germany, where manufacturing production fell 4.7% in August compared to the previous month. Industrial output was 9% below its February 2020 level.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Last year as part of the U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, researchers randomly polled millennials and Generation Z members from all 50 states. And they found a troubling lack of knowledge about the Holocaust. Sixty-three percent of the people they surveyed didn’t know that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. And 11 percent of the group actually thought that Jews caused the Holocaust.

  • Israel plays a key role in the last days. The apostle Paul wrote, “I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ” (Romans 11:25 NLT).

The Biden administration has been quietly demanding that Israel freeze settlement construction and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is listening, Axios reported Thursday. Since then, the Israeli planning committee that has to approve any construction has not met. This is not accidental, according to a “senior Israeli official” Axios quoted. “There is great sensitivity right now with the Americans about settlements,” said the official.

House Democratic leadership stripped funding for Israel’s missile defense system from its government spending and debt ceiling hike bill on Tuesday, after a group of progressive members threatened to block the legislation unless the aid was withdrawn. The decision to remove the $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome interception system—which is estimated to have saved thousands of Israeli civilian lives from terrorist rocket attacks—signals House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) willingness to cave to the increasingly anti-Israel views of her progressive members.

  • However, the progressive “Squad” of Democrats were then overwhelmingly defeated in a bipartisan 420 – 9 vote on Thursday. “Thank you to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, for the overwhelming support for Israel and for the commitment to its security,” said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a statement.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

Israel’s current coalition government will not allow a two-state solution in which the Palestinians are handed their own state, Israel’s Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked declared. Speaking to UAE-based media outlet The National on Tuesday, Shaked said that a two-state solution is not on the table, also ruling out any land-for-peace deals. Making it clear that she believes the status quo is preferable, she added: “The current situation is the best for everyone… We do believe in economic peace to improve Palestinian lives and to do mutual industrial zones.”

A ruling by a local Israeli court in favor of a Jewish man who prayed quietly at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem has angered Muslim authorities, who denounced it on Thursday as a violation of the fragile status quo governing the compound. The Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it was the location of the ancient Jewish Temples. It is the emotional epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and tensions there helped ignite the 11-day Gaza war in May. Under informal understandings, Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there.

A deadly attack on an oil tanker by explosive-laden drones. Unmanned aircraft launched from the Gaza Strip hitting Israeli neighborhoods. Strikes on Saudi Arabian refineries and pipelines and on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. Behind this wave of attacks, U.S., European and Israeli defense officials say: Iran and its allies across the Middle East. They say Tehran’s rapidly developing ability to build and deploy drones is changing the security equation in a region already on edge. The drones themselves are often made with widely available components used in the ever-growing commercial drone market

Iran is now targeting Israelis who are out of the country for assassination. The Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to carry out a coordinated attack against Israeli businessmen in Cyprus, the Prime Minster’s Office confirmed Monday. Last week, Cypriot authorities arrested an Azeri national carrying a Russian passport. Following an investigation that was put under a gag order, authorities said the suspect is believed to be a hitman hired by Tehran to attack Israeli citizens currently in the country, Cypriot media reported.

Trump administration sanctions on Iran decimated the hardline regime’s trade with the world’s largest economies, knocking it from $46 billion in 2019 to $28 billion in 2020, according to a non-public report sent by the Biden administration to Congress earlier this month. The roughly $18 billion decrease in trade was a significant blow to Iran’s attempts to gain access to hard currency amid an ongoing cash crunch that has ruined the country’s economy and sparked nationwide protests. Overall, the reimposition of sanctions, which began in 2018, decreased Iran’s trade by more than $70 billion.

A recent report from UNICEF that said more than one million children in Afghanistan are now going hungry. By year’s end, the United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 97% of the country will be below the poverty line. In addition, Afghanistan’s capital could be plunged into darkness as the winter sets in because the country’s new Taliban rulers haven’t paid Central Asian electricity suppliers or resumed collecting money from consumers. Unless addressed, the situation could cause a humanitarian disaster, warned Daud Noorzai, who resigned as chief executive of the country’s state power monopoly

Lebanon’s two main power plants were forced to shut down after running out of fuel, the state electricity company said Saturday, leaving the small country with no government-produced power. The shortage of diesel and fuel, along with an antiquated infrastructure, has worsened power cuts that have been a fixture for years. Blackouts that used to last for three to six hours could now leave entire areas with no more than two hours of state power a day.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday vowed to retake Taiwan and blamed the decades-long separation of the island state on past Chinese weakness. In a speech in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to hundreds of masked Communist Party officials, Mr. Xi said, “The Taiwan issue arise from national weakness and chaos. It will definitely be resolved with the rejuvenation of the nation.” Mr. Xi said the division between Taiwan and China should be resolved peacefully but warned that those who betray the motherland and divide the country “never end up well.”

Taunting Taiwan with the power of its arsenal and its potential to close its fist upon the island, 93 Chinese military jets entered Taiwan’s air defense one over three straight days. In recent months, China has stepped up its antagonistic rhetoric and actions toward Taiwan, which it considers to be its territory. Taiwan became a separate nation in 1949 when the former nationalist government took refuge there after losing the civil war to the Communist government. “Coming on Oct. 1, China’s National Day, it sends a message about Beijing’s determination to claim Taiwan, by force if necessary,” said Adam Ni, an analyst of Chinese military policy.

The CIA created a new center focused on China, reflecting country’s status as U.S.’s chief strategic adversary. CIA Director William J. Burns characterized the China Mission Center as an effort to “further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government.” A senior CIA official drew comparisons to the Cold War fight against the Soviet Union, but said China was a more formidable and complicated rival given the size of its economy, which is deeply entwined with that of the United States.

On Sunday, Houthi rebels in Yemen fired ballistic missiles into the strategically important city of Marib, killing two children and wounding more than 30 people. The attack is a continuation of the Houthis’ months-long assault on Marib, the last stronghold in northern Yemen of the internationally recognized Yemeni government. This attack by the Iran-backed group, a previously U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity, compounds the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen, impedes United Nations-led efforts to stem the fighting, and moves the Houthis closer to assuming near total control over northern Yemen and its gas and oil infrastructure.

A series of attacks killed at least five people in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Wednesday, the latest outbreak of violence in an area where Islamic State’s regional affiliate is mounting a challenge to the Taliban’s control of the country. Militants carried out at least two bombings and a gun attack Wednesday in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s provincial capital. In the shooting attack, at least two Taliban fighters and a civilian were killed, according to local residents. Islamic State-Khorasan Province, or ISKP, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Wednesday’s bloodshed in Jalalabad followed improvised-explosive-device attacks over the weekend on Taliban patrols that killed several fighters in the city. ISKP also claimed those strikes on what it described as “the apostate Taliban militia.” While both the Taliban and ISKP want to impose strict Islamic rule over Afghanistan, the two groups have profound political and religious differences, and have repeatedly fought each other since Islamic State’s regional franchise was established in 2015.

  • The Taliban say they want to have friendly relations with all nations, including the U.S., and have just designated an ambassador to the United Nations. Islamic State doesn’t recognize the idea of a modern nation-state and seeks global conquest.
  • A roadside bomb hit a Taliban car in Eastern Afghanistan injuring at least one person, no one has claimed responsibility, but the Islamic State group said it was behind similar attacks in the City of Jalalabad last week that killed 12 people.

Hunger and food insecurity could lead to increased social unrest, instability and violence in Africa, according to a report by the South African-based Institute for Security Studies. ISS argues that food shortages caused by “supply chain disruptions, climatic shocks, rapid spikes in commodity prices and lockdowns” have “created fertile ground for unrest.” The report demonstrates that food insecurity leads not only to hunger and starvation but also to the increased likelihood of violence. This would include Islamist terrorism and persecution of Christians.

  • The World Food Program Between 720 and 811 million people in the world went to bed on an empty stomach each night in 2020. In addition, an estimated 22% of children under 5 were stunted (too short for their age), 6.7% were wasted (too thin for their height), and 5.7% were overweight (too heavy for their height). estimates that the pandemic has more than doubled the number of people facing food crises worldwide.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August. Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations.

An explosion went off Friday among Shiite Muslim worshippers at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing or wounding at least 100 people, a Taliban police official said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which took place in Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, but militants from the Islamic State group have a long history of attacking Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority.

Suspected Fulani militants have killed 12 Christians during a raid on Peigyim village, near Kibori, in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zango-Kataf local government area of Kaduna state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. The attack came less than 24 hours after the murder of Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali in the same locality. Yakubu was ambushed and killed by unidentified assailants. The attackers also killed another man in Atakshusho village about two miles away.

A bomb exploded in the entrance of a mosque in the Afghan capital on Sunday leaving a “number of civilians dead,” a Taliban spokesman said. The bomb targeted the sprawling Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, where a memorial service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Emergency NGO, an Italian-funded hospital in Kabul, tweeted it had received four people wounded in the blast. Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by Islamic State group militants against them have increased. The rise has raised the possibility of a wider conflict between the two extremist groups.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

An earthquake struck Harnai, about 60 miles east of Quetta, Pakistan, on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. The powerful quake collapsed at least one coal mine and dozens of mud houses in southwest Pakistan early Thursday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 200.

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the southeastern Australia state of Victoria on Wednesday, September 30, was felt in the country’s second most-populous city, Melbourne. Residents described their shock and surprise as houses across the city began to shake, in a city which has not had an earthquake of a similar size in decades. There have been no reports of injuries so far. However, videos posted to social media show several damaged homes and rubble in the streets. The temblor was so strong it was felt as far away as Adelaide in South Australia, 500 miles away, and Sydney in New South Wales to the north, more than 600 miles away.

Volcanoes: Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. (Psalm 144:5); The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, (Psalms 97:5)

Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, one of the most active on Earth, has begun erupting again, with lava fountains forming and smoke billowing from the crater at the volcano’s summit. The eruption at the Halemaʻumaʻu crater, however, appeared to be contained within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and posed no threat to homes in the area for now.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma has occasionally twitched, convulsed, and rumbled, but no lava had emerged since 1971. That changed last weekend. At 3:12 p.m. local time on September 19, rising magma tore open several fissures on its western flanks, and a major eruption began. From afar, it looked spectacular. Fountains of lava almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit screamed skyward, reaching heights of up to 5,000 feet—nearly twice that of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the earth below, rivers of molten rock poured from the fissures gobbling up several homes in its path. As of the afternoon of September 20, the latest eruption showed no signs of slowing down. Most of the island remains unaffected, but 5,000 people in the path of the fiery streams have been evacuated. More than 20 houses have been destroyed.

  • Seven days after the volcano on La Palma erupted, lava flow and ash continue to spread shutting down the local airport and leaving hundreds without a home. As of Friday, almost 6,000 people have evacuated.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

A pipeline spill of about 3,000 barrels of oil — or roughly 126,000 gallons of post-production crude – 5 miles off the coast of Southern California is a “potential ecological disaster,” Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said Saturday. By Sunday morning, “We’ve started to find dead birds & fish washing up on the shore,” Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley tweeted. Foley said the leak was about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach, and oil has started washing up on the shores of the city of 200,000 people. As of Sunday morning, the leak has not been completely stopped. Martyn Willsher, CEO of Amplify Energy, issued a terse statement Monday saying the company has sent a remotely operated vehicle to investigate and attempt to confirm source of the release.

The ivory-billed woodpecker, along with 22 other species of birds, fish, mussels and other wildlife, is set to be declared extinct and removed from the endangered species list, U.S. federal wildlife officials announced Wednesday. Also slated for delisting are the Bachman’s warbler, two species of freshwater fishes, eight species of Southeastern freshwater mussels and 11 species from Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.” For the species proposed for delisting today, the protections of the (Endangered Species Act) came too late, with most either extinct, functionally extinct, or in steep decline at the timing of listing,” the US Fish and Wildlife Service said. “The circumstances of each also underscore how human activity can drive species decline and extinction, by contributing to habitat loss, overuse and the introduction of invasive species and disease. The growing impacts of climate change are anticipated to further exacerbate these threats and their interactions,” the wildlife agency said.

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the first major step taken under President Joe Biden to curb climate change, releasing new regulations to phase down the use of a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration. Emissions would be cut by 85% over 15 years. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute joined with other business groups in praising the regulation as balanced and a “win-win for both the climate and the economy.” Critics have charged that the restrictions will hurt consumers whose air conditioners and refrigerators run on the affordable refrigerant.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

In a year of extreme heat, Antarctica’s last six months were the coldest on record. “For the polar darkness period, from April through September, the average temperature was -77.6 degrees Fahrenheit, a record for those months,” the National Snow and Ice Data Center said. For the entire Antarctic continent, the winter of 2021 was the second-coldest on record, with the temperature for June, July, and August 6.1 degrees Fahrenheit)lower than the 1981 to 2010 average of -81.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • End-time weather will not just be warmer, but more extreme in every way.